French Products in Indonesia
Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), throughout January-July 2020 Indonesia has imported goods from France worth US$ 682 million. This figure is down when compared to the same period last year.
French products in Indonesia include:
Weapons and bullets 282,029 Kg, worth USD 71.9 million equivalent to Rp 1.04 trillion.
- Pulp and waste paper 111.8 million kg, worth USD 45.9 million equivalent to Rp 669 billion.
- Soybeans 120,743 kg worth USD 73,370 equivalent to Rp 1.07 billion.
- Butter 286,790 kg is worth USD 238 million equivalent to Rp 3.4 trillion.
- Engines and motors including 699,281 kg of spare parts worth USD 436 million are equivalent to Rp 6.3 trillion.
- Health and pharmaceutical products amounted to 681,044 kg, the value was USD 33.9 million equivalent to Rp 494.6 billion.
- The boycott call also features a wide range of products, from cosmetics, fashion, food, automotive, to energy.
Best selling French fashion brands in Indonesia are Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Mont Blanch, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and others. In addition, L’Oreal and Garnier beauty products, which are familiar to Indonesians, have also been hit by calls for a boycott.
As for french food products, Danone and Kraft are widely seen in convenience stores and supermarkets. Then in the automotive sector there are Renault and Peugeot, while Total and Elf represent from the domestic energy sector.
Boycott calls for boycott
Calls for a boycott of French products have not only taken place in the Middle Eastern country, it has now reached the country. Politicians, artists and scholars also called on the public to boycott French products in Indonesia.
This was triggered by french President Emmanuel Macron’s stance that he supported freedom of expression in connection with the controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad SAW in his country.
Macron argued that the principle of the French state is to support free speech. But Macron’s remarks were criticized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said Macron’s mental health needed to be examined and initiated calls for a boycott of French products.
Erdogan’s invitation was responded to by citizens from Both Arab and Indonesian citizens who called for a boycott of French products via social media.
Its Influence on Indonesia
Economic observer and Perbanas Institute lecturer Piter Abdullah ensured that the french product boycott movement would not have much effect on Indonesia, both in terms of investment and import exports. Because Indonesian products themselves are not much that can be a substitution of French products.
The reason is, indonesian products are not yet appropriate to be used as a substitute for French goods that are often used as a lifestyle.
That’s the list of French products in Indonesia that have been dragged around in calls for a boycott.