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A French satire magazine that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed drew anger from Muslims earlier this week, and now it is facing possible legal fallout.
A Syrian organization has filed a legal complaint against the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, accusing it of inciting hatred, the BBC reported. Further details of the complaint weren’t immediately clear. The report said prosecutors will evaluate if action should be taken against the magazine.
France is bracing for possible Friday protests and has announced the temporary closure of some embassies in select Muslim countries. Protests in Muslim countries often take place after the traditional Friday prayers.
The editor of the satire magazine, which was at he center of another controversy last year when it published an issue that it marketed as being “guest-edited” by the Prophet Mohammed, had said the cartoons would “shock those who will want to be shocked.” Last year’s issue led to an attack with firebombs on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
The French cartoons don’t only depict the Prophet Mohammed in some juicy situations. They are also a spoof on Intouchables, the hit movie that is France’s candidate for the Oscar for best foreign language film. The film is a cross-culture comedy about a rich white man in a wheelchair and his ex-con black caretaker.
The Charlie Hebdo cartoons include a picture of Mohammed in a wheelchair with a rabbi under the headline “Intouchables 2,” with Mohammed and the rabbi saying “You mustn’t laugh.”
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