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. All happened after earlier this month, secondary school teacher Samuel Paty in France was beheaded with a butcher knife. On attaker’s Twitter account the police discovered the message: “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.” Macron said France “will continue the fight for freedom” and “intensify” efforts to end Islamist extremism in the country. Part of that campaign is to create an “Islam of France” as the president has put it for years, that aims to seamlessly integrate Muslims into French society.
Macron says extremists are impeding that integration. His government has begun carrying out raids, deportations, and ordering the dissolution of certain Islamic groups. On Tuesday, 40,000 people rallied in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, against Macron’s efforts. They burned him in effigy. Similar things happened in Turkey, Tunisia, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates. Muslims are calling to boycott French products and grocery stores. The French government warned people to be vigilant.