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French Newspaper Firebombed After Satire Involving Prophet Muhammad

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Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known only as Charb, talked to journalists today (Nov. 2, 2011) in front of his publication's burned-out offices.

The Paris offices of a French newsweekly that in its latest issue "invited" the Prophet Muhammad to be a guest editor and satirically wrote of what a "soft version" of Sharia law might be like, were burned early today.

According to The Associated Press:

"A police official said the blaze broke out overnight at the offices of Charlie Hebdo weekly, and the exact cause remains unclear. No injuries were reported. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because an investigation into the fire is under way. Police cited a witness saying that someone was seen throwing two firebombs at the building."

The wire service says that "the newspaper's director, who goes by the name Charb, said the fire was triggered by a Molotov cocktail. He blamed 'radical stupid people who don't know what Islam is,' for the apparent attack. 'I think that they are themselves unbelievers ... idiots who betray their own religion,' Charb said in an interview with Associated Press Television News."
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