French Newspaper Offices Destroyed By Firebomb After Naming Muhammad Its Editor-in-Chief

What?  You would think the little Muzzies would have been happy that their false prophet had achieved such a status:

Translation: "100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter!"

French satirical newspaper firebombed after prophet Mohammed announcement
The offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Mohammed as its “editor-in-chief” for this week’s issue.

By Henry Samuel, Paris – The Telegraph

The fiercely anti-clerical magazine said the move, which included renaming the publication “Sharia Hebdo”, was intended to “celebrate” the victory of Islamist party Ennhada in Tunisia’s election.

Charlie Hedbo’s editor-in-chief, known as Charb, told France Info radio: “We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed or has melted.”

No injuries have been reported

A single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 20th arrondissement at around 1am. The ensuing fire was rapidly put out, but a large amount of material in the office was destroyed, police said.

“We cannot, today, put together a paper,” said Charb. “But we will do everything possible to do one next week. Whatever happens, we’ll do it. There is no question of giving in,” he said, adding that the magazine is filing a legal complaint against persons unkown.

According to Europe 1 radio, police are searching for two suspects seen near the scene.

Charlie Hebdo’s website has also been hacked with a message in English and Turkish cursing the magazine.

The message said: “You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech.

“Be God’s curse upon you!”

Editor Charb said the attackers could not even have read the offending magazine.

“The arsonists haven’t read this paper, nobody knows what’s in the paper except those who buy it this morning. People are reacting violently to a paper without knowing anything of its contents, that’s what’s most abhorrent and stupid,” he told BFM TV.

The publication, historically famous for pillorying Catholic clericalism, was criticised by Muslims in 2007 after reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that caused outrage around the Islamic world.

Charb said the magazine had received “quite a few letters of protest, threats, insults” on Twitter and Facebook before the attack, but not as many as in 2007.

Ennahda won the most seats in Tunisia’s October elections and is now trying to form a coalition caretaker government.It has promised to work with more liberal parties, and respect gender equality.

“To fittingly celebrate the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia… Charlie Hebdo has asked Mohammed to be the special editor-in-chief of its next issue”, the magazine said in a statement.

“The prophet of Islam didn’t have to be asked twice and we thank him for it,” the statement said.

The cover of this week’s issue, out on Wednesday, shows Mohammed saying: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter”.

It also includes an editorial by the Prophet entitled Halal Aperitif and a women’s supplement called Madam Sharia.

Behind the humour, the editorial’s message is serious: “No religion is compatible with democracy from the moment a political party representing it wants to take power in the name of God”.

“What would be the point of a religious party taking power if it didn’t apply its ideas,” it goes on. “Hello, we are the Bolchevik party and if you vote for us we promise never to speak of Communism…Come on.”

French politicians and religious leaders were swift to condemn the attack.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, minister of economy, said: “Those who did this designate themselves as enemies of democracy.”

“You don’t negotiate the freedom of the press with bombs…If you are not happy with what’s in a newspaper, you take it to court.”

Xavier Bertrand, the labour minister, said he was “deeply shocked” while Jean-François Copé, head of the ruling conservative UMP party said if the fire was linked to this week’s issue, “it serves as a reminder of what kind of acts can be committed by fundamentalists who manipulate religion for political ends”.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, presidential candidate for the leftist Front de Gauche party called the attack “repulsive”, and called on the French “to the have the intellectual discipline not to confuse a handful of imbeciles, numbskulls who will severely punished, I hope, with the vast majority of our Muslim compatriots who practice their faith perfectly calmly”.

“Blasphemy doesn’t exist as a crime, this is the French Republic; that’s the law (on freedom of the press),” he said.

Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM), said he “firmly condemned” the arson attack if it proved criminal.

The CFCM lost a court case against Charlie Hebdo in 2006 for re-printing Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed but denounced “the apology of violent Muslims”.

He said this issue was “not on the same level” of provocation, but added: “The very fact of caricaturing the Prophet is considered an offense to Muslims”.

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6 Comments on “French Newspaper Offices Destroyed By Firebomb After Naming Muhammad Its Editor-in-Chief”

  1. ecks why Says:

    informed rational freedom loving people have all the reasons in the world to fear islam…

    the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology….

    Mohamhead was a 7th century murdering warlord who rose to power on a river of blood surrounded by thugs and gangsters using intimidation, violence, deception and trickery to expand their criminal empire while mercilessly suppressing and killing their opponents and enriching themselves on stolen booty.

    The evil koran is a collection of sayings and speeches by this diabolical madman claiming divine guidance from some mythical sky-god which has inspired generations of crazed fanatics to abhorrent behavior resulting in historys worst ever crimes against humanity starting 1400 years ago and still continuing even today.

    Islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

    graphics version, great for emailing 🙂

  2. Pete Says:

    Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun or joy in whatever is serious.

    Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, radio sermon, 1979.


    The Islamic world is running a protection racket against the entire Western world. We are supposed to stay in line and pay up, or we can get hurt.

    The part of Guido and his tommy gun is played by the “Muslim street”, that amorphous mass of people in the Middle East, South Asia, and more recently the working class neighborhoods of Europe. When the word about the latest outrage against Islamic dignity goes out through the mosques on Friday, the faithful are predictably offended, and they take to the streets to loot and burn whatever is required of them by the imams.

    So don’t get out of line. Don’t interfere with the Muslims, don’t neglect to pay the (jizya) “insurance premiums”, and above all don’t diss the Prophet.

  3. tgusa Says:

    Muslim immigration into France is worse than the Germans going around the Maginot line. We may have to kick some natzies out of France once again.

  4. Looks like no one can blasphemy the muslim god… muhammad…

    Ok Ill do it…

    muhammad is:

    a child rapist
    a false prophet
    a false god

    Thanks to you moslems for showing the rest of us that your ‘system’ is a farse and that your god is not a Diety but a man.,..

  5. Gonzo Says:

    Listen carefully, it is all right there;

    “Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM), said he “firmly condemned” the arson attack if it proved criminal.”

    *IF IT PROVED CRIMINAL* – as in, by who’s standards?
    IOW, The french version of CAIR does not condemn the arson attack as it is not a criminal action under sharia/islam.

  6. Ronin Says:

    All anyone needs to know about islam is learned by watching what they do and not listening to what they say.

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