Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for a boycott of French goods over the country’s response to a school teacher’s beheading in Paris.

“Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don’t buy them,” he said in a televised speech. “I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them.” 

Erdogan’s Illegitimate Islamaphobic Claims

The Turkish leader accused French President Emmanuel Macron of ‘Islamophobia’ and mental derangement.

“What problem does this person called Macron have with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level,” the Turkish president said

Muslims in France were now “subjected to a lynch campaign,” he claimed. “European leaders should tell the French president to stop his hate campaign. 

Erdogan also warned Europe of impending doom as it stands up to Islamism.

“We are confronted daily with new and concerning signs of rising Islamophobia in Europe,” he said. “If they aren’t rid of this disease as soon as possible, it will collapse all of Europe from within.” 

“Europe is preparing its own end with its front against Muslims,” he cautioned

Reuters on Monday reported the Turkish president’s boycott call: 

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Monday for Turks to boycott French goods and urged European Union leaders to halt French leader Emmanuel Macron’s “anti-Islam” agenda.

For a third day running Erdogan said that the French president needed a mental health check, repeating a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara over the weekend, as he appealed to Turks to shun French products.

“Just like they say ‘Don’t buy good with Turkish brands’ in France, I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them,” Erdogan said.

France is the 10th biggest source of imports into Turkey and the seventh biggest market for Turkey’s exports, according to Turkey’s statistical institute. Among major French imports, French autos are among the highest selling cars in Turkey.

“European leaders with foresight and morals must break down the walls of fear,” Erdogan said in a speech at the start of a week of activities in Turkey to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.

“They must put an end to the anti-Islam agenda and hate campaign that Macron is leading.”

While Erdogan feigns outrage over fake ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe, he is desecrating ancient Christian sites in Turkey. In July, he converted Hagia Sophia, one of Christianity’s most sacred cathedrals, into a mosque. Turkish authorities under his watch are seizing religious Christian properties, including historic monasteries, cemeteries, and churches.

He is not satisfied by erasing Christianity in Turkey, the cradle of early Christianity. The Turkish president seeks to Islamize Europe through mass-migration and higher Muslim birth-rates.

“Five million of our brothers who have settled there from Turkey will shape the future of Europe.” Erdogan said in a 2017 speech. “I am calling out to my citizens, my brothers and sisters in Europe. (…) Have not just three but five children,” he added.

Erdogan promotes his brand of Islamism by funding a vast network of mosques across Europe. Turkish government finances around 900 mosques in Germany alone. Turkey-funded German mosques have been linked to Islamic State and other Islamist groups. 

Erdogan’s government not only funds such mosques, but it also pushes the false narrative of ‘Islamophobia’ in the West. Every year, Turkey’s state-funded SETA foundation issues a so-called “European Islamophobia Report.” This ‘Islamophobia’ reports blacklists dissenting European newspapers, writers, and politicians. The 2018 edition of the report named UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson among the “central figures in Britain’s Islamophobia network.”

Other Muslim Countries Join Erdogan

It’s not just Erdogan’s Turkey. Many Muslim countries are outraged at the French government’s clampdown on Islamist organizations following the recent beheading of a French history teacher who showed Mohammad caricatures from the Charlie Hebdo magazine to his class during a discussion on free speech. 

“Calls to boycott French products grow in Muslim world after Macron backs Mohammed cartoons,” CNN reported. 

“President has become a hate figure in Islamic world over response” to the beheading of the French school teacher, the left-wing UK newspaper The Guardian explained. 

“Muslim world condemns Macron, France over treatment of Islam,” Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera network reported.

Muslims on social media “are pouring out their feelings under the English hashtags #BoycottFrenchProducts and #Islam and #NeverTheProphet in Arabic. (…) Since Friday, social media has been awash with criticism of Macron in countries from west to east, including the UK, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.”

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan joined Erdogan. President Macron has “chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, including his own citizens, and encouraged the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and the Holy Prophet,” he complained

In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Khan on Sunday called on the social media giant to crack down on ‘Islamophobic’ speech in France and other countries. 

“In France, Islam has been associated with terrorism and publication of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and our Holy Prophet have been allowed,” he wrote. “I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Islamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook.”

In response, Facebook pledged to purge ‘Islamophobic’ content in France and elsewhere.

“We’ll remove this hate speech as soon as we become aware of it,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement, agreeing with Pakistan’s Prime Minister the company said it had “more work to do” in stamping out ‘Islamophobia’ and other sorts of offensive speech. 

 

 
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