France's Muslim leaders denounce attack

2015-01-07 22:23
Flowers, candles and a sign reading I am Charlie against a wall in Paris, after France's deadliest post-war terrorist attack. (Christophe Ena, AP)

Flowers, candles and a sign reading I am Charlie against a wall in Paris, after France's deadliest post-war terrorist attack. (Christophe Ena, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


12 killed as French satire newspaper targeted

2015-01-07 14:56

A French police official says 12 people are dead in a shooting at a satirical weekly newspaper in central Paris. The publication's controversial content could be a reason for the attack; we show you why. Watch.WATCH

Paris - France's Muslim leadership sharply condemned the shooting at a Paris satirical weekly that left at least 12 people dead as a "barbaric" attack and an assault on press freedom and democracy.

"This extremely grave barbaric action is also an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press," the French Muslim Council (CFCM) said in a statement.

The body represents France's Muslim community, which is Europe's biggest and estimated to number between 3.5 million and five million people.

The two or three heavily armed gunmen who stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo weekly, the focus of several attacks since publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in the mid-2000s, shouted Islamist slogans as they fired.

CFCM president Dalil Boubakeur, who heads the Paris Mosque, planned to visit the scene of the shooting, his entourage said.

The Muslim council also called for calm and urged Muslims to beware of extremist manipulation.

"In this tense international climate stoked by the madness of terrorist groups unjustly claiming to represent Islam, we call on all those attached to the republic's values and to democracy to avoid provocation", it said.

The Muslim community must practise "the greatest vigilance towards possible manipulation by extremist groups," it added.

A separate statement from an organisation close to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF), also condemned "in the firmest manner this criminal attack and these horrible murders."

The Great Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, told AFP that the country needed to show "national unity and defend all together our freedoms, including the freedom of expression."

France also has Europe's biggest Jewish population of between 500 000 to 600 000.

Read more on:    france  |  paris shooting  |  religion
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.