The campaign to boycott French products continues in a number of Arab and Islamic countries in protest against the position of French President Emmanuel Macron in support of French newspapers publishing insulting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, despite the passage of 31 days since the boycott campaigns were launched on communication sites.

The hashtag (hashtag) boycotting French products continues to top the lists of the most popular hashtags in a number of Arab countries, as the boycott reaches its 31st day, and this is the number that appears in the hashtag with every day the boycott increases another day.

Activists' participation in marking the boycott of French products varies between those who publish a list of French goods and companies that must be boycotted in support of the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him, while offering an alternative to them.

A group of those interacting with the tag publishes cartoons calling for a contribution to the boycott, and at the same time criticizing the official French stance on Muslim holy sites.

Another group is also interacting by publishing pictures of initiatives in a number of Arab countries to provide impetus to the boycott campaign, including hanging large banners in some streets saying "Except for God’s Messenger," as well as placing leaflets on the walls of some streets urging people to boycott French goods, with inference. By legal texts that require Muslims to support their Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

Statistical data

Statistically speaking, the hashtag # Boycott_French Products 31 earlier today achieved the following ranks on Twitter in some Arab countries:

  • Algeria: 4th place, with 57.7 thousand tweets.

  • Jordan: 6th place with more than 58.5 thousand.

  • Saudi Arabia: ranked 7th with 59,000.

  • Kuwait: ranked 8th, with more than 58.6 thousand.

  • Sultanate of Oman: ranked 9th, with more than 58.8 thousand.

  • Qatar: ranked 9th, with more than 58.9 thousand.

While this tag was not among the most popular in the Arab countries covered by the Twitter Trend service, while this service is not available in some Arab countries, such as Yemen, Mauritania and Syria.

It is worth noting that these statistics do not provide a comprehensive picture of the extent of interaction with the campaign to boycott French goods on social networks, by virtue of the fact that many Arab and Islamic countries use Facebook to a much greater degree than Twitter use, noting that Facebook does not provide the tag service The most popular example on Twitter.

A group of young people masks that were written on it, "Except the beloved, # clips" that

they will distribute to their friends and those they know.

Whoever among you is able to implement the idea does not hesitate, and whoever cannot do not despise spreading the idea.

Support your lover - may God bless him and grant him peace -, even if with a word. # Boycotting French products 31

- Province of France 🚫 (@FranceBoycottee) November 27, 2020

Libyan conviction

In a related context, the Libyan Foreign Minister, Muhammad al-Taher Siyala, today strongly condemned the insulting cartoons of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, expressing his refusal to justify this with freedom of expression.

Siala's condemnation came during his participation in the 47th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Niger.

The Libyan minister added that mocking the noble Prophet "represents an act that offends the feelings of Muslims and causes more incitement and hatred among followers of different religions."

During the same meeting, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Uthaimin, said that the organization’s position "will remain firm in condemning anti-Islam rhetoric, regardless of its source, insulting Islamic symbols, and refusing to link Islam and Muslims with terrorism."

It is noteworthy that last October, France witnessed the publication of cartoons insulting to the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, on the facades of buildings, and the French President considered them freedom of expression.

The cartoons and Macron's statement sparked a wave of anger among Muslims around the world, and campaigns were launched in many Islamic and Arab countries to boycott French products.