French Editor Fired Over Muhammad Drawings
The editor of France Soir was fired by its Egyptian owner after republishing controversial Danish cartoons with Muhammad as the subject.
The managing editor of a French newspaper was fired after it republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked fresh anger among Muslims, employees at the paper said Thursday. The drawings, which first ran in a Danish paper in September, were reprinted Wednesday in France Soir and several other European papers rallying to defend freedom of expression.
The managing editor of France Soir, Jacques Lefranc, was fired after the publication by owner Raymond Lakah, an Egyptian magnate, employees said. No official reason was immediately announced.
The irony is that France Soir is a failing paper and this was likely the most publicity it has ever received. And, of course, more people will now get curious and seek out the cartoons in question.
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