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Reactions on 2012 Prophet Mohammad Cartoons

The 'Charlie Hebdo' published cartoons and caricatures of Prophet Mohammad in its magazine on September 19, 2012. The cartoons are published in naked angering the Islam community.

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In a brief statement, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the freedom of expression is one of the fundamental principles of the French Republic. This freedom is exercised within the framework of the law and under the supervision of the courts when a case is referred to them.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, "In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined. In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?"

French interior minister Manuel Valls said made a statement after meeting with French Muslim leaders angered by the cartoons. He said "Freedom of expression is a fundamental right. Freedom to caricature is part of that fundamental right," He called for everyone to act responsibly each individual act, each text, each drawing, each declaration can... spark confrontations.

Government and Muslim leaders urged people to maintain calm in France, after the magazine came out to stands.

Dr. Richard Prasquier, the President of CRIF, the umbrella Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, condemned the publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. "Considering the fatalities, we disapprove of the initiative of Charlie Hebdo. The critics of religion must themselves heed criticism - not of their principles but of the timing of their actions."

Muslim Clerics and Activists

Sheikh Nabil Rahim, a leading Salafist cleric in Lebanon said, "Of course it will anger people further. It will raise tensions that were already dangerously high. We will try to keep things managed and peaceful, but these things easily get out of hand. I fear there could more targeting of foreigners, and this is why I wish they would not persist with these provocations."

Head of Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur said at a press conference, "We feel pity for the authors, who thought it useful to choose a period with particular cowardice - a period where there are difficulties in relations between Islam and public order. They are adding oil to the flames".

President of Anti-Islamophobia Observatory, Abdallah Zekri, said that his group is considering filing a lawsuit against the magazine. "People want to create trouble in France, Charlie Hebdo wants to make money on the backs of Muslims."

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party condemned the French cartoons dishonoring Prophet Mohammed.

The group for French Muslims, CFCM, issued a statement to French Muslims to not cede to provocation and ... express their indignation in peace via legal means.

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