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France urges Middle Eastern countries to stop boycott of French products

PARIS (Reuters) – France on Sunday urged Middle Eastern countries to stop retail companies from boycotting French products.

The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that in recent days there had been calls to boycott French products, notably food products, in several Middle Eastern countries as well as calls for demonstrations against France over the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

“These calls for boycott are baseless and should stop immediately, as well as all attacks against our country, which are being pushed by a radical minority,” the statement said.

Earlier it was reported that Qatar and Kuwait were removing French products from supermarkets, announcing 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.

French football star Paul Pogba was also reportedly wanting to quit the national team in response.

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