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Turkish president calls for boycott of French products

Christian Fernsby |
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for a sweeping public boycott of French made goods.

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"Here I call out to my people, don't ever compliment French brands, don't buy them," Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of a week in the capital Ankara honoring the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, insulting cartoons of which in France fueled the row.

As some in France say, “Don't buy Turkish brand goods,” the Turkish people should shun French brand goods, he said.

Decrying rising Islamophobia in Europe, Erdogan said hostility to Islam and Muslims has become state policy in some European countries, a policy which enjoys support at high levels.

"Especially across European countries, we see that hostility to Islam and Muslims spread through societies like the plague. Places of business, houses, places of worship, and schools which belong to Muslims are attacked by racists and fascist groups almost every day," he added.

He said racist terrorism is spreading in society by the media and politics, and often through "toleration" by security forces.

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