The French Foreign Ministry has announced that there have been calls for a boycott of French products, especially food products, in several Middle Eastern countries, as well as calls for demonstrations against France over the cartoons.

Muslims consider any drawing with the Prophet Muhammad to be blasphemous.

“These calls for a boycott are baseless and should be stopped immediately, as well as all attacks on our country, which are being promoted by a radical minority,” the ministry said.

The institution also called on the authorities to speak out against the boycotts, to help French companies ensure the safety of French citizens.

In Kuwait, the non-governmental Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, which brings together more than 70 stores, issued a boycott directive on October 23.

Several such stores, visited by Reuters reporters on Sunday, emptied the shelves of products such as hair and beauty products made by French companies.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, who met with the French ambassador on Sunday, condemned the killing of the French professor on October 16 as a horrific crime, but stressed the need to avoid insults to religion, in official and political remarks, which “amplify hatred, antipathy and racism ”.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron had “attacked Islam” by encouraging the display of cartoons.

Macron wrote on Twitter that France had respected all differences in the spirit of peace, but that it did not accept hate speech, and defended reasonable debates. “We will never give up,” Macron said.

France recalled its Turkish ambassador on Saturday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Macron, who had declared war on “Islamist separatism” this month, needed mental treatment because of his attitude towards Muslims.