Following in the footsteps of other Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia has condemned France. Riyadh condemns Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) publication of offensive cartoons or any attempt to link Islam to terrorism.
A statement from Saudi Foreign Ministry officials was released on Tuesday. However, British news agency Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia, like other Muslim countries, had not called for a boycott of French goods.
In France, a teacher in a class on freedom of expression is shown a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and there is resentment throughout France over the murders. President Emmanuel Macron, by contrast, took a tough stance against “radical Islam” and upheld the country’s secular values. France will not stop showing Karsevaks.
The French President’s remarks attracted negative response from Muslims around the world. In Islamic tradition, it is expressly forbidden to display any picture of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and Allah. Anything like this is considered a serious crime.
Macron was sharply criticized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for insulting “freedom of faith” and insulting millions of Muslims in France. Erdogan has called on the public to boycott French products over the dispute with Macron over Islam.
Earlier on Sunday, various French products, including French-made beauty products, were removed from display in some supermarkets in Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. A major consortium of retailers in Kuwait has also ordered a boycott of French goods.