French satirical magazine to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

French satirical magazine to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed
# 18 September 2012 23:05 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A French satirical weekly magazine announced Tuesday it would publish caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed, a move that could spark further protests by Muslims already enraged at an internet video insulting Islam, APA reports.

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the weekly Charlie Hebdo, told broadcaster iTele that the caricatures to appear Wednesday "would shock those who wanted to be shocked." He said the decision was aimed at defending freedom of the press.

The announcement drew immediate calls by French politicians to avoid actions that could further inflame the situation.

The French broadcaster quoted Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as telling reporters in Cairo when asked about the planned cartoons: "I am against all provocation in a sensitive period like this one."

The publication of the cartoons will come after more than a week of violent protests in Muslim countries sparked by a low-budget, privately produced movie from the United States depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a bloodthirsty womanizer and pedophile.

Attacks last week on U.S. and Western embassies were blamed on the uproar over the film, after it was condemned by religious and political leaders.
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