September 18, 2012
Based on reporting by AFP and Lexpress.fr
French satirical weekly “Charlie Hebdo” says its latest edition contains several cartoons with caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
The editor of the weekly, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, said the images would “shock those who will want to be shocked.”
He said they will appear in the edition due to come out on September 19.
The magazine’s decision to publish the cartoons comes amid sometimes violent protests in Muslim countries over a low budget video made privately in the United States that mocks the Islamic prophet.
At least 19 people have been killed during such protests.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement expressing his “disapproval of all excesses” and called for everyone to act “responsibly.”
France, with at least 4 million Muslims, has Western Europe’s largest Islamic community.