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French Weekly Angers Muslims With New Cartoons


A French weekly has further stoked the "cartoon violence" debate. French weekly Charlie Hebdo devotes the majority of it's 16 pages to the Danish cartoons and adds several new ones. The cover illustration is by the magazine's in-house cartoonist, Cabu, and the headline reads: "Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists." The quote coming from Mohammed is, "It's hard to be loved by idiots".

The French government and Muslim organizations are none too pleased, according to the Guardian UK:

Several Muslim organisations, including the French Council of the Muslim Faith and the mosques of Paris and Lyon, had initiated court proceedings against Charlie Hebdo for alleged "racial and religious insult".

They asked a Paris court to stop the weekly's publication and its accompanying advertising campaign. But the court yesterday rejected their demands on a technicality, saying there were problems with the way the complaint was made.

"We would have liked that the wish for appeasement had prevailed," said the vice-president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, Fouad Alaoui.

"Charlie Hebdo wants to inflame the situation, French Muslims are saying 'no'. One cannot allow that our societies encourage insults," he said.

To the surprise of almost no one bomb threats are cascading in...

Update: CNN seems rather amused by it all, judging by this headline - Bush urges end to cartoon violence

More images from Charlie Hebdo magazine available at Nouvelobs.com and No Pasaran


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Comments (16)

The word con is used... (Below threshold)

The word con is used to mean idiot, more or less, but the literal translation is "cunt." So they were really trying to piss some people off.

"'We would have liked that ... (Below threshold)

"'We would have liked that the wish for appeasement had prevailed,' said the vice-president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, Fouad Alaoui."

Even they admit what the really want!

While I think that the French newspaper should have exercised some journalistic restraint, the idea that a French court was even considering a ban on the paper's publication is revolting. There are, of course, good reasons to put boundaries on free speech.

Trying to prevent somebody from being "offended" is not one of them.

I think it's important to k... (Below threshold)

I think it's important to keep in mind that people in France do not have a 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech. The French are not equal opportunity insulters.

The moslems who *haven't* been behaving poorly have to be noticing the inequity. As Americans we take for granted that *no one* is free from religious insult and why can't those moslems live with the rules in the "West" if they are living in the "West?"

In the US we automatically comapare the issue to the infamous "Piss Christ." What do they compare it to in Europe?


There's no excuse for the violence... or rather, it seems likely this *is* an excuse for violence, possibly politically motivated to distract from other issues. As many people have pointed out... where does one get hundreds of Danish flags on short notice?

And the feeling of oppression that may be developed by the inequality in Europe simply *can't* be applied to the rioters living elsewhere.

The flames have been fanned in what seems to be a coldly calculated manner.

I wonder how they would fee... (Below threshold)

I wonder how they would feel about this: Muslim Rave Party.

Ummm, didn't France just go... (Below threshold)

Ummm, didn't France just go through muslim riots?

Christ, I can just imagine what they're gonna do over french supported muslim cartoons.

mesablue,Thanks fo... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:


Thanks for the link! There are the lunatics who want the world to trust them with nuclear weapons.

"it's 16 pages to the Dutch... (Below threshold)

"it's 16 pages to the Dutch cartoons and adds several new ones"

They were Danish cartoons, not Dutch.

Ed: Thanks! Fixed.

Just as was in the case of ... (Below threshold)

Just as was in the case of Salmon Rushdie and the Satanic Verses in 1989, a European expresses free speech and the world's muslims go berserk attacking Americans and American property everywhere. I must be missing the connection...

It is not a matter of whether or not the muslims should be offended -- it is a question of whether or not widespread homicidal violent rioting is an acceptable reaction.

mesablue - Hilarious! But d... (Below threshold)

mesablue - Hilarious! But do you think they can rub their bellies at the same time?

Still, when you come right ... (Below threshold)

Still, when you come right down to it, its not like the Muslim world's reaction to these cartoons was a surprise, was it?

mesablue - you made my nigh... (Below threshold)

mesablue - you made my night !

Hmmm... "cons" is a bit str... (Below threshold)

Hmmm... "cons" is a bit stronger than "idiot." The French do, in fact, have the word "idiot" with exactly the same meaning. "Cons," however, does not have a polite equivalent in American English. The Brits, though, do--though it's not very polite, either: "c*nts"

I can't believe I actually ... (Below threshold)

I can't believe I actually support something that's going on in France. (Teach me to think things are as weird as they can possibly get...). Good on you, French cartoonists, for showing you will not be ruled by radicals (at least, not by those radicals. Next week we'll study "backbone begins at home").

I believe the French may ha... (Below threshold)

I believe the French may have decided to take their backbone out of storage. Of course, they are still in the process of dusting it off and cleaning it up.

We'll have to wait and see what condition it is still in once they get the cobwebs removed.

I guess the French will be ... (Below threshold)

I guess the French will be dusting off those WW II surplus rifles. They've only been dropped once.

adore the muslim rave party... (Below threshold)

adore the muslim rave party, sad though it is...can someone find a stream of a baptist or pentecostal equivalent, please? i'm not making an equal-insult point: they're all equally nuts.






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