| The boycott of
French products is resulting in many emails circulating that may just include
companies with principals who have France names, even though the company is in
the US and may not even have an office in France.
With the current global economy, Boycott Watch would like to
remind everyone that many companies offer or uses some products, ingredients or
parts that are made in France. There is no real way of determining if any of
the shareholders of companies may live in France since stocks are openly traded
globally. As such, Boycott Watch points out that one may not be able to totally
Boycott Watch does not advocate
boycotts - we verify the information in boycott calls so consumers can decide
for themselves what the truth is. To confirm the information circulating in
emails and posts on web sites, Boycott Watch has set the following standards to
confirm if companies are actually French:
If a company in question is based in France, or it's parent company is
based in France, then Boycott Watch confirms the company as French.
2) If a company in question is based in France, and
it's parent company is based in the USA, then Boycott Watch will not confirm
the company as French. (Rule 1 in reverse.)
If a company has an office in France, but the office is not the main
office, then the company will not be listed as French. This is because many US
companies, for example, sell their products in France and therefore may have a
sales office in France.
4) If a company sells
some items that are from France, but French items are not their primary
business, then the company will not be listed as French. For example, a
beverage distributor may offer a brand of French bottled water among the many
other products, including bottled water from the USA, offered.
5) If a company primarily sells French items as their
core business, then the company will be listed as French even though they may
be a company in the US.