French say Mohammed cartoons 'unnecessary'

10th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 10, 2006 (AFP) - Most French people see the reproductions of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked violent protests in the Muslim world as "unnecessary provocation", according to a newspaper poll published Friday.

PARIS, Feb 10, 2006 (AFP) - Most French people see the reproductions of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked violent protests in the Muslim world as "unnecessary provocation", according to a newspaper poll published Friday.

The survey, carried out by the CSA institute for the Catholic daily La Croix, found that 54 percent of the French held that opinion, with only 38 percent backing the argument that media had the right to reprint the cartoons in the name of freedom of expression.

The pollsters, who questioned 1,000 adults, also found that 78 percent of respondents feared further violence would ensue.

The cartoons, first published in a Danish newspaper, have been reprinted in France by the France Soir daily and a weekly newspaper.

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