Although the horrific decapitation of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty took place on October 16 after he had shown cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, the hashtag calling for the boycott of French products first emerged as early as October 2, analysis has since found.
The first time the viral hashtag appeared on Twitter came under a response tweet after the Turkish state broadcaster TRT’s Arabic channel tweeted a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron in which his photo was accompanied by a quote attributed to him saying: “Islam is a religion going through a crisis in the world.”
Amplified by pro-Muslim Brotherhood networks
A Palestinian artist paints an anti-French President Emmanuel Macron mural to protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron's comments, in Gaza City. (Reuters)
People chant slogans as they set fire to a banner with a crossed-out image of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron's comments, in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)
Slow to protest
Empty shelves are seen where French products were displayed, after Kuwaiti supermarkets’ boycott on French goods, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, October 25, 2020. (Reuters/Ahmed Hagagy)