Web Desk -- French President Emmanuel Macron's controversial statement against Islam has added fuel to fire as calls to boycott French goods are growing in the Arab world and beyond. Macron held Islam responsible for crisis in the world and vowed not to “give up sketches” depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Jordan’s foreign ministry says it condemns the “continued publication of caricatures of the Prophet (PBUH) under the pretext of freedom of expression” and any “discriminatory and misleading attempts that seek to link Islam with terrorism.”
Jordan’s opposition Islamic Action Front party has called on the French president to apologise for his comments and urged citizens in the kingdom nto to buy French goods.
In Doha's branch of Al Meera supermarket workers were seen removing French-made St. Dalfour jams and Saf-Instant yeast from shelves on Saturday.
Al Meera competes with French supermarket chains Monoprix and Carrefour for market share in the lucrative Qatari grocery sector.
Al Meera and another grocery operator, Souq Al Baladi, released statements late on Friday saying they would pull French products from stores until further notice.
They stopped short of explicitly naming Macron or citing his comments, but the Al Meera statement said customer “comments guided our actions”.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan — the president of Turkey and a major ally of Qatar — on Saturday slammed Macron over his policies towards Muslims, saying that the French president needed “mental checks.”
“What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks,” Erdogan said in a televised address.
Before Macron’s comments on Wednesday, he had already sparked a backlash in early October when he said “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world”.
Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council called Macron’s words “irresponsible” on Friday, and said they would “increase the spread of a culture of hatred”.
The same day, Qatar University wrote on Twitter that following “the deliberate abuse of Islam and its symbols”, French Cultural Week would be postponed indefinitely, in a context where 2020 is the France-Qatar year of culture.
Many Jordanians have changed their profiles on Facebook to add the message “Respect Muhammad (PBUH), the Prophet of Allah”.