Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan asked his compatriots to stop buying French goods on Monday in the latest expres-sion of anger in the Muslim world over blasphemous images being displayed in France.
Erdogan said France was pursuing an anti-Islam agenda. “I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them,” Erdogan said.The Turkish president has made similar boycott calls in the past, including an appeal not to buy US electronic goods in 2018 that was not followed through.
Erdogan on Monday joined a chorus of voices calling for a boycott. In Kuwait City, a supermarket had stripped its shelves of L’Oreal cosmetics and skincare products after the cooperative union to which it belongs decided to stop stocking French goods.
In Saudi Arabia, calls for a boycott of French supermarket chain Carrefour were trending on social media, though two stores Reuters visited in the Saudi capital on Monday seemed as busy as normal.