French paper to publish comic book life of Prophet Muhammad
PARIS (AFP) - A French weekly known for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to the ire of conservative Muslims said on Sunday it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam's founder that will be researched and educational.
Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam's prophet in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Prophet Muhammad is sacrilegious.
"It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims," said Charlie Hebdo's publisher and the comic's illustrator, who goes by the name Charb.
"I don't think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate," Charb said.