Thousands of Muslims from the Middle East to Asia are protesting the French government and boycotting French products after President Emmanuel Macron defended the right to display cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed considered a major taboo by many Muslims.
Tension escalated after French teacher Samuel Paty was killed on October 16 near his school in broad daylight. He had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. Since the crime, French officials were perceived as linking the killing to Islam. The picture was previously published by a satirical magazine in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.
The French government's general crackdown on radical Islamism, in response to the beheading of the history teacher outside Paris this month, has been rapid and tough - a blizzard of inquiries, closures, plans and proposals that have sometimes been hard to keep track of.
Before that teacher incident, French president Macron made a statement that said: “ Islam is a crisis in the world” he also mentioned that he wants to modernize Islam practiced in France by banning the Hijab (an item of clothing worn by Muslim women) in public places, although it has already been banned in schools, workplaces, and the beach.
The hate crime was nowhere to be seen on the media. As a response to this, Arab countries & Muslims around the world have begun the boycott of French produce in an attempt to spread a message that the violation o religious freedom, Islamaphobia & the manipulation of freedom of expression will not be tolerated.