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A week after the release of the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims", which provoked protests around the world, the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has printed 4 pages of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Charlie Hebdo states that the caricatures stand for freedom of speech and press, and is taking aim at "the extremists who want to stop such expressions."
In an official statement released last night, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said "Freedom of speech is one of the most important principles in our Republic, but this freedom must find its limit in the frame of law and under the control of courts, from the moment there is a charge from a plaintiff." He continued, "That is why, in today’s circumstances, the PM clearly disapproves all kind of excesses. He appeals to everyone’s spirit of responsibility."
Dalil Boubakeur, a member of the Great Mosque of Paris, spoke with France 2 evening news program. He said that the act was “a real provocation, a real incitement of aggravation of tensions currently developing the world but also in our country.”
Charb, Charlie Hebdo’s news editor claims there is “nothing shocking” and he is “not worried by the consequences.” He adds, "These people, they fear God’s law. We fear maybe the Republic’s law, we don’t have the same worries.”
Government security vans were seen parked in front of Charlie Hebdo's offices this morning. In November 2011, part of their offices were set on fire and their website was hacked after the newspaper released a special edition titled Sharia Hebdo.
Following the release of the film "Innocence of Muslims", and now these caricatures, many have called for protests around France. French Foreign Affairs Minister, Laurent Fabius, said that security will be reinforced. He added that “security precautions have been taken to protect the French embassies in Muslim countries.”