On July 4th, dozens of activists took part in actions at an outlet of the retailing giant Carrefour in the Parisian suburb of Evry II. The demonstration aimed at promoting a boycott of Israeli goods. Demonstrators marched around the shopping centre, seizing Israeli products and chanting, before proceeding to hold a brief sit-in, discussing the reasons for the boycott and trying to raise awareness among fellow customers. The protest was met with a mixture of bafflement from some and spontaneous applause from others.
One activist said, âWe didnât choose a commercial target by accident. We did it to tell Carrefour that we are informed consumers and that, for ourselves, we say âNOâ to collaborating with Israel.â
The action, in which nine organizations took part, is one of many such actions in the French BDS movement, which has seen repeated such protests in supermarkets selling Israeli goods. Carrefour has repeatedly come under fire for stocking Israeli products and refusing to clearly mark the point of origin on many others.