Erdogan calls for Muslims to boycott French goods over Paty Row

Erdogan calls for Muslims to boycott French goods over Paty Row

THE WHAT? Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan is urging his fellow Muslims to boycott French-made goods following the row over controversial images of the Prophet Muhammad, according to a report published by Reuters.

THE DETAILS Reuters speculates that several French brands and retailers with exposure to Muslim-majority countries could be affected by a boycott if it gains traction, including Carrefour, L’Oréal and major fashion brands such as Chanel and LVMH.

While Reuters reported that L’Oréal products had been cleared from a store in Kuwait City at the weekend, any boycott will have limited impact on the French beauty behemoth, with the Middle East contributing to just 2 percent of earnings.

THE WHY? Depictions of Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims as Islamic mores expressly forbid images of god or the prophet.

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