• By The Financial District


An unofficial boycott of French products that began in Muslim countries over the weekend appeared to gain traction after it was endorsed by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to Euronews.

He encouraged people in his country to "not pay attention to French-labelled goods, do not buy them" during a televised speech.

It was the latest salvo in his spiralling row with Emmanuel Macron over the French president's recent remarks on Islam.

Within hours, the Turkish Youth Foundation (TÜGVA), an organisation close to the government, had circulated a "boycott list" of French brands that it advised people to avoid.

Many were household names, from supermarket chain Carrefour and energy giant Total, to Danone, the food conglomerate, and the carmakers Peugeot and Renault.

Louis Vitton and Chanel made the cut too.

But while the campaign found some support on social media, others were quick to mock it.

Some joked that, on a day the Turkish currency slipped to a historic low of 8.55 against the euro, there was no need for a boycott of French luxury brands because they could not afford them in any case.