Another Islamist attack broke out in Paris. Then the French President speaks of a “crisis” in which Islam is. Erdogan now reacts to this with harsh words.
After French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam, companies in the country fear the boycott of their goods in Arab countries. The president of the largest employers’ association Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, called on the members on Monday to oppose such “blackmail”: “Our values count more than our business,” he told the radio station RMC.
Erdogan: “Don’t you pay attention to French brands”
In the dispute, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now called on his compatriots to boycott French products. “From here I appeal to my people. Just don’t pay attention to French brands, don’t buy them,” Erdogan said on Monday.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert commented on this. He considers the statements of the Turkish President to be out of the question. “These are defamatory statements that are completely unacceptable,” said Seibert.
French President Macron: Islam is in crisis
Macron had said after the beheading of the teacher Samuel Paty by an alleged Islamist attacker that Islam was in a “crisis”. He also stated that France would “not give up” caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. As a result, there were demonstrations against Macron in several Muslim countries; in some countries demonstrators joined their governments’ calls to boycott French products.
In Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar, among others, traders took French goods out of their branches on Sunday, according to Macron’s statements on Mohammed cartoons and freedom of the press. Erdogan had also accused Macron of Islamophobia over the weekend and raised doubts about his mental health. Paris called back its ambassador from Ankara in protest.