Erdogan backs boycott of French over cartoon fury

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has joined a growing fury in parts of the Muslim world, demanding a boycott on French goods.

It's over images being displayed in France of the Prophet Mohammad, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.

Erdogan, who has a history of fraught relations with Macron, said France was pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.

In Bangladesh, protesters unfurled placards with a caricature of the French leader and the words: "Macron is the enemy of peace."

In the Middle East, a Jordanian supermarket began removing French products from its shelves on Sunday in what was said to be a protest against comments by Macron on "Islamist separatism".

Shopkeepers at the supermarket covered up shelves, alongside signs explaining why.

The spat follows a knife attack outside a French school on October 16th, in which an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old middle-school teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Mohammad.

French officials said the beheading was an attack on the country's core value of freedom of expression -- including the right to publish the cartoons.

Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.

But that's prompted outrage in several Muslim-majority countries.

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- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has joined a growing fury in parts of the Muslim world, demanding a boycott on French goods. It's over images being displayed in France of the Prophet Muhammad, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. Erdogan, who has a history of fraught relations with France's President Macron, said the country was pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.

In Bangladesh, protesters unfurled placards with a caricature of the French leader and the words, "Macron is the enemy of peace." In the Middle East, a Jordanian supermarket began removing French products from its shelves on Sunday, in what was said to be a protest against comments by Macron on, quote, "Islamist separatism." Shopkeepers at the supermarket covered up shelves alongside signs explaining why.

The spat follows a knife attack outside a French school on October 16, in which an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Patty, a 47-year-old middle school teacher who'd shown pupils cartoons of Muhammad. French officials said the beheading was an attack on the country's core value of freedom of expression, including the right to publish the cartoons. Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.