Moroccans call for boycott of French products over Charlie Hebdo caricatures


The hashtag #BoycottFrenchProducts trended on Twitter accounts in Morocco over the weekend, following the publication of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ’s offensive caricatures on the walls of buildings in France.

Morocco (orange) and France (green) on a map.

Moroccan activists extensively circulated the hashtag on different social media platforms in retaliation to the caricatures and also following announcements made by French President Emmanuel Macron, which provoked Muslims worldwide.

Social media users have changed their pictures on Facebook and Twiter with the banner “Muhammad ﷺ the Messenger of Allah,” in rebuttal of statements made by French officials.

Rania Lamlahi tweeted: “As a Moroccan, I don’t accept the way the French president is behaving towards Islam, so I reinforce the campaign to boycott French products.”

In turn, activist Siham Sark criticized in a tweet the way Macron handled the issue of offensive cartoons: “Despite his claim that France is a nation that guarantees freedoms.”

As for Jalal Aouita, he posted on Facebook: “There is no difference between France in the past and France today except for make-up trends and the night lights of Paris. The same hatred, the same discrimination.”

In a Facebook post, Rabat district Consultant Hisham El-Harch posted: “It’s a sad day in the history of Muslims, a sorrowful day in the correct sense of the word. Has France gone berserk?”


El-Harch added: “The cartoons issued by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo attacking the Messenger of Allah ﷺ are exhibited on the walls of some hotels in Montpellier and Toulouse in France after the French president declared that he would not ban these abusive publications. “The same hatred, the same discrimination, the same intimidation, the same mentalities.”

Aouita added: “I deliberately published the caricatures so that everyone would be aware of the French decision-makers’ grudge against Islam.”

France has recently witnessed a controversy over French politicians’ statements targeting Islam and Muslims, following a teacher’s beheading on the 16th of October.

In recent days, raids attacking Islamic civil society organizations in France have increased following the attack.

On Wednesday, Macron declared in a press statement that his country would not ban the caricatures insulting the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and Islam.

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