Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, Qatar’s state supermarket has announced the withdrawal of all French products from all its branches until further notice in response to customers’ desire.
This comes within the framework of reactions about the offensive statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron against Islam and Muslims and his support for the re-publication of the caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during the memorial service for the murdered French teacher Samuel Bate.
In a tweet, Al Meera said, “Dear customers, we thank you for your good comments, which are always a beacon of light that shines our way towards excellence. Therefore, we immediately started withdrawing French products from all our branches until further notice. We affirm that we, as a national company, work according to a vision consistent with our true religion, our established customs and traditions, and in a way that serves our country and our faith and meets the aspirations of our customers.”
Social media users, mostly on Twitter, are now sharing photos of the French products that Muslims should avoid purchasing. The boycott list includes luxury brands such as Cartier, Dior, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Givenchy and Lacoste along with food products or car manufacturers like Renault, or cigarette brand Gauloises.
Al Jazeera Arabic also reported Friday that supermarkets in Kuwait started to remove French products from their shelves in line with the boycott campaign.
Mounting Arab anger
Arabs across the world are using social networks to condemn the Islamophobia campaign in France that has followed the October 16 beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty, with many Twitter users calling for a boycott of French products.
Crises in France are mounting following the murder of Paty in Paris by an 18-year-old student from Chechnya.
The murder caused anger and sparked a wave of Islamophobia, with France vowing strict measures to fight “radical Islam.”
As part of what the Collective Against Islamophobia in France is calling a politicized crackdown, France shuttered a mosque a few days ago. It had reportedly shared an online video condemning the teacher for displaying caricatures of the prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression.
The murder took place weeks after Charlie Hebdo once again shared controversial satiral caricatures of the prophet.
The reprint of the caricatures stirred backlash among Muslim communities. President Emmanuel Macron, however, backed the magazine and vowed measures against what he called “Islamic separatism.”
Macron also angered Muslim communities when he said Islam is “in crisis” across the world.
In response, Muslims launched a virtual campaign to condemn France’s approach against Islam.
Calls to boycott French products have gone viral on Twitter in recent days.