The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

French weekly risks Muslim fury with prophet cartoons


PARIS (AFP) - Fears that a wave of anger in the Islamic world could spread to Europe mounted on Tuesday as it emerged a French magazine was planning to publish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed.

Satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo confirmed that its latest edition contains several cartoons featuring Mohammed that the publication's editor said would "shock those who will want to be shocked".

The magazine is due to hit the streets on Wednesday against a background of protests across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent.

At least 30 people have died so far in demonstrations held in over 20 countries.