Erdogan backs boycott of French over cartoon fury

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has joined a growing fury in parts of the Muslim world, demanding a boycott on French goods.

It's over images being displayed in France of the Prophet Mohammad, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.

Erdogan, who has a history of fraught relations with Macron, said France was pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.

In Bangladesh, protesters unfurled placards with a caricature of the French leader and the words: "Macron is the enemy of peace."

In the Middle East, a Jordanian supermarket began removing French products from its shelves on Sunday in what was said to be a protest against comments by Macron on "Islamist separatism".

Shopkeepers at the supermarket covered up shelves, alongside signs explaining why.

The spat follows a knife attack outside a French school on October 16th, in which an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old middle-school teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Mohammad.

French officials said the beheading was an attack on the country's core value of freedom of expression -- including the right to publish the cartoons.

Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.

But that's prompted outrage in several Muslim-majority countries.