France Soir in bomb scare over cartoon row

6th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 6, 2006 (AFP) - Staff evacuated the offices of France Soir newspaper Monday afternoon after a bomb scare, journalists on the paper told AFP.

PARIS, Feb 6, 2006 (AFP) - Staff evacuated the offices of France Soir newspaper Monday afternoon after a bomb scare, journalists on the paper told AFP.

Police with sniffer dogs searched the premises and an all-clear was given after two hours.

Last week France Soir was the first newspaper outside Denmark and Norway to print all 12 of the satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which have sparked angry protests across the Muslim world.

French President Jacques Chirac Monday telephoned Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday to voice his support over the wave of anti-Danish attacks sparked by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Chirac "condemned acts of violence aimed at Danes and Danish representatives overseas, and voiced his solidarity with Denmark," said a spokesman for the French presidency, Jerome Bonnafont.

Danish diplomatic missions in Damascus and Beirut were attacked by Muslim protestors at the weekend, as anger spread over the images, first published in Denmark, one of which shows the prophet wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

The French president "called for full light to be shed on this violence and recalled that, under international law, governments are responsible for the safety of foreign persons and goods," the spokesman said.

Faced with the outpouring of anger, Denmark on Monday issued a list of 14 Muslim countries which its nationals should avoid.

Global protests over the cartoons of Mohammed escalated Monday, with two demonstrators killed in Afghanistan and Lebanon and warning shots fired outside a US consulate in Indonesia.

France was also threatened with retaliation by Palestinian Islamists last week after the dozen images were reproduced in the daily France Soir. The paper's editor has been sacked for printing them.

Copyright AFP

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