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Qatar government will avoid officially endorsing boycott of French goods

Predictions

  • Qatar will avoid officially endorsing boycott of French goods, but will refuse to interfere with restrictions imposed by private firms
  • Qatari businesses will likely continue boycott for several weeks, but without further provocation most will abandon campaign
  • Doha will bolster efforts to present tolerant image following complaints over invasive airport searches of female travellers

Event

A number of Qatari firms announced boycotts of French products starting from 23 October, in response to comments by French President Macron defending the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed. The same day, Qatar University postponed a planned “French cultural week”. 

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