By and  on April 21, 2008

BEIJING — Sporadic anti-French protests, quickly quelled by police, erupted at Carrefour stores across China over the weekend, even as the Chinese government took initial steps to quell rising nationalist fervor and anti-French sentiments that threaten to upset the surging businesses of foreign retailers.

More than three dozen police officers flanked the entrances of a Carrefour location in central Beijing on Saturday and, though they would not answer any questions about their presence, Chinese media reported that protesters staged an anti-Carrefour demonstration earlier in the morning at the store. State media also reported that thousands of demonstrators showed up at the French supermarket, with smaller protests around the country. A heavy police presence continued in Beijing's embassy district, particularly around the French and British embassies. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry urged Internet users — who have been calling for boycotts of Carrefour and other French brands over the country's protest-plagued global Olympic torch relays — to behave calmly and rationally and to focus their attention on China's economic progress instead.

To Read the Full Article

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus