New French cartoons inflame prophet film tensions

France stepped up security Wednesday at its embassies across the Muslim world after a French satirical weekly revived a formula that it has already used to capture attention: Publishing crude, lewd caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Wednesday’s issue of the provocative satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were firebombed last year, raised concerns that France could face violent protests like the ones targeting theUnited States over an amateur video produced in California that have left at least 30 people dead.

The drawings, some of which depicted Muhammad naked and in demeaning or pornographic poses, were met with a swift rebuke by the French government, which warned the magazine could be inflaming tensions, even as it reiterated France’s free speech protections.

The principle of freedom of expression “must not be infringed,”Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, speaking on France Interradio.

But he added: “Is it pertinent, intelligent, in this context to pour oil on the fire? The answer is no.”

Anger over the film “Innocence of Muslims” has fueled violent protests from Asia to Africa. In the Lebanese port city of Tyre, tens of thousands of people marched in the streets Wednesday, chanting “Oh, America, you are God’s enemy!”

Worried France might be targeted, the government ordered its embassies, cultural centers, schools and other official sites to close on Friday — the Muslim holy day — in 20 countries. It also immediately shut down its embassy and the French school in Tunisia, the site of deadly protests at theU.S. Embassy last week.

The French Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning urging French citizens in the Muslim world to exercise “the greatest vigilance,” avoiding public gatherings and “sensitive buildings.”

The controversy could prove tricky for France, which has struggled to integrate its Muslim population, Western Europe’s largest. Many Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad should not be depicted at all — even in a flattering way — because it might encourage idolatry.

Violence provoked by the anti-Islam video, which portrays the prophet as a fraud, womanizer and child molester, began with a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, then quickly spread toLibya, where an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.

In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration believed the French magazine images “will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory.”

“We don’t question the right of something like this to be published,” he said, pointing to the U.S. Constitution’s protections of free expression. “We just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.”

In a statement, Arab League chief Nabil Elarabi called the cartoons “provocative and disgraceful” and said their publication added complexity to an already inflamed situation. He said the drawings arose from ignorance of “true Islam and its holy prophet.”

A lawsuit was filed against Charlie Hebdo hours after the issue hit newsstands, the Paris prosecutor’s office said, though it would not say who filed it. The magazine also said its website had been hacked.

Riot police took up positions outside the magazine’s offices, which were firebombed last year after it released an edition that mocked radical Islam.

Chief editor Stephane Charbonnier, who publishes under the pen name “Charb” and has been under police protection for a year, defended the cartoons.

“Muhammad isn’t sacred to me,” he told The Associated Press. “I don’t blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law. I don’t live under Quranic law.”

He said he had no regrets and felt no responsibility for any violence.

“I’m not the one going into the streets with stones and Kalashnikovs,” he said. “We’ve had 1,000 issues and only three problems, all after front pages about radical Islam.”

The cartoonist, who goes by the name Luz, also was defiant.

“We treat the news like journalists. Some use cameras, some use computers. For us, it’s a paper and pencil,” he said. “A pencil is not a weapon. It’s just a means of expression.”

A small-circulation weekly, Charlie Hebdo often draws attention for ridiculing sensitivity about the Prophet Muhammad. It was acquitted in 2008 by a Paris appeals court of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” following a complaint by Muslim associations.

The magazine has staked out a sub-genre in France’s varied media universe with its cartoons. Little is sacred, and Wednesday’s issue also featured caricatures of people as varied as Clint Eastwood, an unnamed Roman Catholic cardinal who looked a bit like Pope John Paul II and French President Francois Hollande, a staple.

At the demonstration in Lebanon, Nabil Kaouk, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, warned the United States and France not to anger Muslims.

“Be careful of the anger of our nation that is ready to defend the prophet,” he said. “Our hearts are wounded and our chests are full of anger.”

Nasser Dheini, a 40-year-old farmer, said instead of boosting security at its embassies, France should close down the offending magazine.

“Freedom of opinion should not be by insulting religions,” said Dheini, carrying his 4-year-old son Sajed.

Outside the magazine’s Paris offices, a passer-by wearing a traditional Muslim tunic said he was neither surprised nor shocked by the cartoons. He criticized France’s decision to close embassies and schools for fear of protests by extremists.

“It gives legitimacy to movements that don’t have any,” said Hatim Essoufaly, who was walking his toddler in a stroller.

  1. #1 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/20/2012 - 9:34

    “a French satirical weekly”? HOLY SHIT!

    “Charlie Hebdo” is a weekly French satirical pornographic magazine for perverts and popular atheist consumption, sold freely in all newspaper outlets and within easy reach of teenagers. It is said to be “satirical” magazine only because France is ruled by the Devil himself, the morally bankrupt Judeo-Christian, Judeo-Protestant, and Laïque (Secular) Marxist left, and Israelist Jews like Laurent Fabius (former Prime Minister of Zionist France who is now drumming for war against Iran!) and Nicolas Sarkozy (former Knesset puppet President of Zionist France who too wants war with all Arabs and all Muslims worldwide).

    The same Israelist Jew Laurent Fabius teamed up with Communist Gayssot and passed Fabius-Gayssot Law outlawing any criticism of the Holocaust (or of Israel), but is in favour of “freedom of speech” when Islam, Muslims and Arabs are demonised and the French populace is incited to hatred and violence against Muslims in France and worldwide! Or when the Pope and Catholics are demonised.

    “Charlie Hebdo” is a weekly satirical pornographic magazine even if most depictions are cartoon like. Literature deemed as pornographic does not have to be illustrated by real photographs of male and female prostitutes or whores to de described as pornographic! “Charlie Hebdo” started as Hara-Kiri (a satirical porn magazine, which was banned), then Hara-Kiri Hebdo Weekly which was banned again.

    In one of the Hara-Kiri issues, on the cover John Paul II was shown (having sex?) with naked or half naked nuns, but I cannot confirm the details of the cover depiction.

    However, I still have a copy of Hara-Kiri Hebdo which I purchased for 10 francs (£1 then in English money) in Gare-du-Nord during one of my travels (sold to any Tom, Dick and Harry!), Hara-Kiri Hebdo, Wednesday, Number 3 released at the time of the European orchestrated mass rape of Muslim women and girls in Bosnia Herzegovina in the nineties. The European Union was then led by British Prime Minister John Major and the Europeans were behind the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Balkans at the behest of Israel and the US.

    On the cover of that Hara-Kiri issue we see some 20 cartoons of naked women being raped and with sperm all over their body, front and back, and the title: “SERBS MORE POWERFUL THAN PATRICK BRUEL! Patrick Bruel is a French Jewish Supremacist!

    The cover depicts a Cartoon Serb Soldier with a huge naked male organ shouting:

    “Send me more sperm. My balls are empty!”

    And, the raped Muslim women coming and screaming:

    “more…continue, please…more…more…oh yes, more…yea…oh yea…yes, yes more…yes, continue, please…for heaven’s sake, put it in again…”

    On page 3 of the same issue, we see the photograph of the editor of Hara-Kiri Georges Bernier aka “Professor Shoron” and of three naked women holding their legs up and showing their genitals wide open with a caption saying they were “authentic” Bosnian women with banners attached to their legs saying:

    1. We demand courting before the act
    2. Our body is not a motorway
    3. Down with penetrations by surprise

    This is the type of filth that Jewish Zionist France enjoys with the blessings of the Catholic Church and the Vatican and of the entire West!

    Now, you must have a clear idea of what “Charlie Hebdo” really is!

    As for the demonstrations of outrage in public with the burning of flags, I am totally against, but it is impossible to prevent some more vulnerable people (like in all countries, Muslims or not) from feeling so outraged as to commit some irrational acts. Anyway, it is not because of such public demonstrations of anger that make the West go and bomb Muslim countries and plunder their wealth!

    Bon appétit with the French Jewish Marxist porn!


  2. #2 by akidahamad on 09/20/2012 - 9:34

    Muslims Including those who are blessed with oil should demand that the West enact laws to prevent their misfits and islamophobes from abusing their so called freedom of expression. Just as people go to jail when they make anti-semitic statements or redicule the holocaust in Europe, after the passage of such laws, islamophobes too will be incarcerated when they indulge in hateful speeches, cartoons and reprehensible films. Has anyone heard of any Muslim (anywhere in the world) poke fun at Moses or Jesus? What has happened to the ethical standards and moral values?

  3. #3 by on 09/20/2012 - 9:34

    The Hebdo cover picture, with a Jew pushing a Muslim in a wheelchair, “Untouchables 2”, is actually a decent political cartoon, but open that talmud-paper up, and you could lose your lunch!

    I didn’t even bother to read what it said.

  4. #4 by PATTY on 09/21/2012 - 9:34

    Do you notice that the Jews reduce everything to pornography? Personally, if I were a graphic artist I’d draw up caricatures of American and European politicians bending over, ass naked, with a hook-nosed Jew standing behind f–king them. I’d draw pics of Lot naked, with a tiny appendage, and everyone standing around laughing and didn’t Lot rape his daughters? Well, whether he did or didn’t , he’ll be raping Jewesses and his Jew daughters will be crying out for more. “Daddy Daddy, do me again”. I’ll title that one “Jewish Values” because you see, I can be vulgar and pornographic too!

  5. #5 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/21/2012 - 9:34

    #4 by PATTY on September 21, 2012 – 2:21 am

    Do you notice that the Jews reduce everything to pornography?

    Dear Patty

    This is how they destroyed morality in Christendom and invaded the Muslim lands with the same filths thanks to Western imperialism, colonialism and demoncracy.

    This is with what they also pay their soldier-assassins to carry out their wars together with drugs and whores.


  6. #6 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/21/2012 - 9:34

    #2 by akidahamad on September 20, 2012 – 6:18 pm

    “Muslims Including those who are blessed with oil should demand…”

    Who are they those Muslims to demand anything from anybody?


  7. #7 by kelly on 09/21/2012 - 9:34

    It doesn’t surprise me one bit that Israel would/is behind all the filth recently on Islam..These same freaks of nature had their Holocaust Pornography booklets in the 60’s, right after the testimonies of Holocaust survivors at the trial of Adolf Eichmann…They were called Stalags, based on Nazi themes, and became best sellers throughout the land…Israels ‘dirty little secrets’.

    The most famous Stalag, “I Was Colonel Schultz’s Private Bitch,” shows you just how this sick society is, masturbating to holocaust porn…Many porn films are made (for Jewish eyes only) depicting some form or another, of women being raped and tortured by the SS, with similiar idiotic titles…I had a really good link to this story a few years ago but can’t find it at the moment…This is only a small display of what the Jews get up to….

  8. #8 by Ingrid B on 09/22/2012 - 9:34

    @BAFS, thanks for the expose´, this is what has to happen, the corrupt must be exposed..

    Wouldn`t it be simpler for French, and all non Muslims, to leave Muslim countries, allowing Muslims to return to their own lands, and cultures..

  9. #9 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    #8 by Ingrid B on September 22, 2012 – 5:52 pm

    “@BAFS, thanks for the expose´,..”

    48 hours to finally obtain one word of thanks for my effort? Good Lord!

    I kept that Hara-Kiri magazine for more than 20 years in order to use it one day, and believe me, not many people know about its pornographic character or that it is the same old filth revamped as Charlie Hebdo. But, who really cares? I carried it from Paris to Mauritius. From Mauritius to Colchester. From Colchester to London. And then to where I presently reside. WHY?

    Thanks anyway.

    The West will never let Muslims return back to their lands because they own those lands! Do you remember the Jewish practice of ‘Christian’ Imperialists to bury a flag on any piece of land they landed upon and addressing a prayer to the Lord of Thieves saying:


    As they have been all over the world and put their flags everywhere, they believe they own the whole world in the name of that God!

    But, this is not new. It is the old battle between good and evil, truth and falsehood, and those who say they believe in good are guilty of not doing the right thing to establish a world of truth, freedom and justice while those who believe in evil are doing the damn right things to establish a world founded on lies, deception, slavery and injustice. And they have succeeded.


    Thanks again.

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