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#IStandWithFrance trends in India despite outrage in several Muslim countries

As several Muslim-majority nations, including Turkey and Bangladesh are calling for a boycott of French goods over claims of Islamophobia, a different sentiment is stirring in India.
French president Emmanuel Macron was accused of Islamophobia when he accused French Muslims of “separatism” and describing Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world”. Things heated up when he refused to “renounce the caricatures” of the depictions of Prophet Muhammad.

Indian Muslims protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments over Muslim’s Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Mumbai, India, 28 October 2020.EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

A different sentiment seems to be gripping India’s Twitter platforms. #IStandWithFrance and #WeStandWithFrance are two hashtags that are catching on among a section of Indians, who are expressing solidarity towards France.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to show his displeasure towards Macron’s comments, saying it is “unfortunate that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam.”

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