French Muslim groups call for calm over new Charlie Hebdo cover

13th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

French Muslim groups called for calm and respect for freedom of opinion on Tuesday ahead of the release of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo magazine which features a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

The French Council of the Muslim Religion and the Union of French Islamic Organisations released a joint statement calling for the Muslim community to "stay calm and avoid emotive reactions that are incompatible with its dignity ... while respecting freedom of opinion."

The new issue of Charlie Hebdo is to be published on Wednesday, a week after two jihadist gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, killing 12 people.

Its cover features the prophet with a tear in his eye, holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign under the headline "All is forgiven".

Depictions of Mohammed are seen by many Muslims as sacrilegious and Charlie Hebdo became a target for extremists after repeatedly printing cartoons of the prophet.

© 2015 AFP

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