Iraq: Protesters call for ban on French products following Macron's comments on Islam in Bagdad

Thousands of protesters rallied against French President Emmanuel Macron following his comments on Islam in Baghdad, on Wednesday, as well as marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Protesters chanted slogans, held banners against France and called for a boycott of French imported products. Sheikh of the Abu Hanifa mosque Mustafa Al-Bayati said, «These millions came to celebrate the anniversary of the Prophet's birth, denounce the abuse that came from Macron, the president of France, and to demand a boycott of French goods.» Earlier this month, Macron said that Islam is «a religion that is in crisis all over the world today,» as he announced a bill to 'strengthen' a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country. Religious tensions in France have risen in recent weeks following the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16, after he showed cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

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