Authorities insist there is no disharmony between moderate Islam and French values. They instead fault communitarianism, an inward-looking view of society that is often linked to conservative Islam. The French government has introduced bans on religious symbols in public schools and offices and outlawed full-body Islamic swimsuits, or burkinis.
The French foreign ministry has urged Arab governments to speak out against calls for a boycott of French goods in order to help French companies and ensure the safety of its citizens.
Calls for boycotts of French products are growing in the Muslim world since French president Emmanuel Macron vowed “not to give up caricatures and cartoons” last week after the October 16 beheading of a history teacher, Samuel Paty, who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a class discussion on free speech.
Macron has vowed to take the fight to Islamic radicals. In a recent speech, he insisted “no concessions” would be made in a new drive to push religion out of education and the public sector in france.
“Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country,” he said.
He announced that the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separates religion from the state.
Macron also shut down the Collective Against Islamophobia in france (CCIF), an NGO that tracks anti-Muslim hate crimes in France and