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France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence | BBC News |

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Sunday, Mr Macron doubled down on his defence of French values in a tweet that read: "We will not give in, ever."

Some supermarket shelves had been stripped of French products in Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait by Sunday. French-made hair and beauty items, for example, were not on display.

In Kuwait, a major retail union has ordered a boycott of French goods.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 06:38:11 AM EST
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Isn't boycotting within the accepted means of debate?

Of course, it is on both sides a call to tribalism and conflict to get the population to rally behind the leader.

After all, if there was a will to ban certain cartoons all that needs to be done is hire young artists to paint enough variations of the theme, create a foundation that buys the paintings, place the paintings in a vault, hire lawyers to defend against copyright intrusions and make that intention clear. Images of Muhammed - or whatever icon would be selected by such a foundation - could then join the hallowed ranks of Mickey Mouse and Tintin that may not be defamed without consequence. Even corporsations beware, for copyright intrusions are after all the only crime where the EU has joined together to impose punitive damages.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 02:40:30 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 03:40:05 PM EST
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The peril of quoting Twitter about an "information" published by The Sun, not considered the most reliable of sources. Well, Pogba has a Twitter account too, and doesn't need the fellow above to speak for him:

Pogba is reportedly planning to sue The Scum, although I don't know what this would accomplish (in Britain, the tabloids seem to enjoy greater protection than even the Royal Family)

by Bernard on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 07:33:10 PM EST
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ASHAMED! Mea Culpa ...

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 09:33:22 PM EST
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