France the focus of threats after publishing naked Mohammed cartoons

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OCD_OCD: http://www.france24.com/en/20120919-naked-mohammed-cartoons-fuel-muslim-outcry-france-charlie-hebdo-french-paper

France to close embassies in fear of cartoon backlash

France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.

The French foreign ministry announced Wednesday that France will close 20 of its embassies in Muslim countries this Friday following the publication of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Major protests in the Muslim world generally take place after Friday prayers.

The illustrations, which show the Prophet Mohammed naked and refer to the incendiary US-made film which has been fueling deadly unrest among Muslim communities for over a week, hit newsstands across France on Wednesday.

The magazine's editor, Stephane Charbonnier, told reporters that the pictures, which are printed on the back page, will "shock those who will want to be shocked."

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER CONDEMNS PROVOCATION

But the French government condemned the decision to go ahead with publication amid a global uprising ignited by the American anti-Islam video which ridicules the Prophet Mohammed. Dozens of people have been killed during the unrest, including the US ambassador to Libya, who was targeted at the consulate in Benghazi by suspected fundamentalists.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told FRANCE 24 on Tuesday that while he respects freedom of expression, he sees “no point in such a provocation.” Stressing that the French government would never encourage the cartoons’ publication, he called for “reason to prevail.” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement Tuesday saying: “In the current climate, the prime minister wishes to stress his disapproval of all excess and calls on everyone to behave responsibly.”

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OCD_OCD: No backing down

It’s not the first time that Charlie Hebdo, which is celebrated for its irreverent treatment of politicians and public figures, has courted controversy with the Muslim community. In November last year the Paris offices of the paper were firebombed after it published a mocking caricature of Mohammad on its front page.

Editor Charbonnier, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, told French news channel iTele on Tuesday that the paper “does caricatures of everyone, and above all every week, but when we do it with the Prophet, it’s called provocation,” adding that if Charlie Hebdo stopped printing satirical work because of pressure or fear of offence, it would be reduced to selling 16 blank pages every week.

'FRENCH MUSLIMS MUST REMAIN CALM'

Representations of Allah or Mohammad are considered as blasphemous to Muslims. The main Islamic body in France, the French Muslim Council (CFCM), accused Charlie Hebdo of firing up anti-Muslim sentiment at a sensitive time. “There is profound indignation at the publication of these cartoons,” leader Mohammed Moussaoui told FRANCE 24, describing the cartoons as “unjust” and “Islamophobic”. But Mouassoui also called on France’s Muslim community – which is the biggest in Europe – to “rise above their anger and not give in to the provocation”.

Pascal Boniface, who heads France’s International and Strategic Relations Institute (IRIS), tweeted on Wednesday morning that Charlie Hebdo “is not Islamophobic, but simply opportunist, cynical, and without scruples.”

But with calls already circulating on social networks and the internet for weekend protests over the US film that originally sparked unrest, concerns that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons could exacerbate the situation are mounting.
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OCD_OCD: The French probably aren't going to enjoy what will now occur and closing 20 of their embassies at least shows that they realize the danger of the radical Muslims.
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OCD_OCD: In Paris, with their "rings" of muslim neighborhoods, they could be in for a rough time of it. At least the French are standing up for free speech.
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lavendar_star: I guess this might take the heat of the US, I think these cartoons are designed to provocative and be disrespectful but freedom of speech and all and as I put before in other threads this has happen to Christians too. Actually the French( in my brief knowledge about their history) in their publications have had history of printing controversial cartoons about important figures ( I remember seeing a documentary about Marie Antoinette where the French printed very rude and disrespectful caricature of her in their newspapers which were quite shocking for my modern sensibilities).

I am guess because of the issues surrounding the Muslim community in France and over reaction by radical/conservative Muslims I am not surprised this has happened that people want to push it further and with France being a very secular country who are quite intolerant to religion compared to say Britain, I don't think some of them don't like to be told they cant mock or criticise a religion.
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Jetters: People getting upset over fictional characters. Delusional.
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OCD_OCD: If the muslims want to find a way to unite the athiests and the Christians against them, this is the way to go about it.
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OCD_OCD: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-09-19/report-4-injured-after-explosion-at-kosher-store

PARIS (AP) — A French news agency is reporting that four people were injured when a small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb.

The Sipa news agency says that the small explosion was set off by two hooded people dressed in black who entered the store around midday and put a package inside, citing an unnamed police official and a Jewish organization. The two fled after throwing a rock through the shop's window shortly before the explosion, the police official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation.

The official said the injured people are being treated for wounds to their arms and legs from the explosion and broken glass.

The attack took place in Sarcelles, a suburb about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Paris.

A French Jewish umbrella organization, CRIF, said in a statement that "it fears this attack" is connected to the days of violent protests from Asia to Africa against the U.S.-produced film "Innocence of Muslims," which ridicules Prophet Muhammad.
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OCD_OCD: Four, probably innocent, people injured for the sake of religious anger. Disgusting.
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lavendar_star
lavendar_star: wtf your joking, this is so disgusting and horrible, people need to get a grip. A living breathing people with friends and family should NOT die or been injured for insulting your religion or Prophet. Yet again why are innocent people ( if this is a response to the cartoons) being killed for it ( the anti Semitism of it all makes it extra ugly) nor should people who work for the newspaper should be threatened.
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~LoisLane~: Before I say anything that will upset the cry babies.....I will just shake my head.
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