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Charlie Hebdo, ‘Sharia Hebdo’, Burnt Out.

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Libération reports (Here),

La rédaction du journal satirique Charlie Hebdo, qui publie ce mercredi un numéro spécial après les élections en Tunisie, a été détruite dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi par un incendie criminel, a-t-on appris mercredi de source policière, évoquant un jet de «cocktail molotov».

The Editorial Offices  of the satirical journal, Charlie Hebdo, which published on Wednesday a special issue after the Tunisian elections, has been destroyed by arson. Police sources, announcing the news,  suggest that a Molotov cocktail was the cause.

What, again, was the occasion for this?

The BBC reports, “To fittingly celebrate the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia… Charlie Hebdo has asked Muhammad to be the special editor-in-chief of its next  issue”, the magazine said in a statement.” .

The Libé report says that Charlie had received threats on Facebook,  Twitter, and letters of protest,  on its special issue immediately as its subject matter became known.

 On the radio, France-Inter,  this morning we learnt that its Web site has been hacked into, with a message left accusing the journal of insulting the Muhammed, the ‘guest editor’ of the week. Le Nouvel Observateur (Here) says that this was from an Islamic  “cyber-fighter” reacting against the “disgusting” cartoons of the paper.

Le site de “Charlie Hebdo” a également été piraté, un message attribuant cette attaque informatique à un “cyber-combattant” de l’islam en réaction aux dessins “dégoûtants” de l’hebdomadaire.

The Nouvel Observateur makes the Tunisian connection but adds Libya. It says  the special issue was in response to the victory of Ennahada and the declaration on the Sharia as the legal basis of the state by the NTC of the latter country’s government.

Charia Hebdo’s Cartoons Can be Seen Here.

The hacked site showed these – interestingly in English and Turkish.

Le siège de Charlie Hebdo incendié, son site internet piraté

Le site de "Charlie Hebdo" piraté par Akincilar (Capture d'écran de Korben)

Amongst the many who reacted in abhorence, including many leading Muslim figures (who naturally would not support caricatures of the Prophet), Jean-Luc Mélenchon Presidential Candidate of the Front de Gauche (FdG)  fiercely condemned the firebombing. There is a very strong declaration in defence of Charlie and secularism by his party (a component of the FdG) , the Parti de Gauche – Here.

The French Communist Daily L’Humanité, Editor Patrick Le Hyaric, said (Here),  said “ceux qui brûlent des journaux, brûlent la liberté et la démocratie” – those who burn papers, burn freedom and democracy”.

The present Editor of Charlie, Charb, is a supporter of the Parti Communist Français,  and the Front de Gauche (more Here).

I add something very minor, but which  suggests that somebody, or some group, was combing the Net on Tuesday. For some reason we began to get hits on Charlie Hebdo (a post of some time back) from yesterday afternoon to midnight  (the petrol bomb was launched around 2 in the morning UK time).

Visit record for Tuesday:

The Zeitgeist Movement and Occupy UK: An Anti-Globalisation Cult. More stats 75
Home page More stats 40
Fatest Man in the World, Paul Mason, Ipswich. Tendance Statement. More stats 31
Tunisia: Ghannouchi, The Occult Islamist and the Guardian. More stats 30
Suffolk Libraries to Need Begging Bowl to Stay Open. More stats 30
Christopher Hitchens, Acknowledging the Legislators. More stats 12
Charlie Hebdo. More stats 11
Nadia El Fani: Tunisian Islamists Attack Film Showing and Artistic Freedom Group. More stats 8
Ni Allah, Ni Maître: Tunisian Filmaker, Nadia El Fani, Faces Islamist Wrath. More stats 6
Paris, Christian Integrists Protest at ‘Christianophobia’. More stats 5
Other posts 137
Total views of posts on your blog 385

On the wider impact:

Before British Islamophiles, and their not-so-secret policeman friend, Bob Lambert, begin criticising Charlie Hebdo for Islamophobia we note that Weekly  is an equal opportunities taunter of religion.

 As can be seen above, the first  Front Page headline, Les Cathos Intègrists contre… refers to the Catholic fundamentalists attacking a Parisian theatre for showing a play that they didn’t like.

Christians could well complain about Charlie’s  ‘Christianophobia’.

Mind you little seems to shame those who produce Islamophobia Watch, who indicated before it came out that Charlie was going to be  ‘provocative’ by publishing this special ‘Charia’ Hebdo.

Charlie provocative!

Heaven forfend!

Despite the fire the issue is in the kiosks.

Essential background from Rue 89 here.

Charlie to remain ‘free-thinking’ – reaction of  Sylvia Coma from the Editorshere.

Libération today has offered Charlie its pages to publish a special issue (Here): 


Written by Andrew Coates

November 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

26 Responses

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  1. Turning Mohammed into a global figure of ridicule and international laughing stock is the surest way to destroy Islam.

    The character of Mohammed is the cult’s Achilles heel, and attacks such as this demonstrate how vulnerable Islam is on this point.

    Any doubts as to the character of Mohammed can cause the whole house of Islam to sink into the quicksand of its foundations. Muslims realise this, because they fly into tantrums whenever Mohammed or the Koran is ‘disrespected’ . Under Sharia law any criticism or either Mohammed or the Koran is blasphemy which is punished by death.

    This paranoid, hypersensitive defensiveness and outrage at criticism are not the reactions of a confident belief system, but of an information-control cult. These reactions are evidence of an attempt to protect a fatal vulnerability, an attempt to cover an Achilles heel.

    We need to satirise and ridicule Mohammed until the Muslims fly into uncontrollable tantrums, then ridicule them even more for their tantrums, and repeat the process until they froth at the mouth and steam comes out of their ears.


    November 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

  2. […] blogger Coatsey notes that high-profile figures on the French left have been quick to condemn the bombing and […]

  3. I do not agree.
    Muslims consider, rightly or wrongly (almost certainly the latter) Mohammed to be the perfect human being.

    When you attack him you, in a sense, for them, attack human beings.

    The true alternative to this is to celebrate human beings who have no divine props.

    Or perhaps, to have love of the world, and not of the divine.

    Andrew Coates

    November 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  4. Religion, the scourge of mankind.
    I’m so glad I’m an agnostic.
    As for Islam, the word barbaric springs to mind.

    Paul Baines

    November 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  5. There are religions and religions. One teaches forgiveness and love the others hatred and revenge.
    One is a real religion from God the other is a mind control self hypnosis brainwash cult.
    Unfortunately the good religion still has vestiges of its sordid origins which it hasnt totally expugned in 2000 years.
    The others will take another 2o,ooo years to be half human and a million to be divine.
    BTW I have books of Persian and Turkish miniatures that show portraits of all the main figures in their pantheon.
    These people are not only stupid ignorant barbarian savages but they are also ignorant of their own tradition which includes illustrations of people including the prophets family on horses and flying on magic carpets. Bums boors boars.
    They really dont believe in God at all for they must reinforce their infidelity five times a day otherwise they turn apostate which they are.

    kin pa

    November 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

  6. This magazine or what ever it is should learn what is right. They r doing all dis to instigate d muslims. If muslims should react they will b called terrorist. Very bad pls C/H stop it for your own sake.

    Aminu Jega

    November 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

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  9. Islam has proved to be a culture which is unknown to civilized people of the world. First and foremost Koran’s only teaching is hate for non mulsims and if one do not believe muhammad and Koran must be killed. This is the basic content of Koran in brief. Beside that there are some laws what is called Shariah, and it is a jungle law where no humanright exists.
    Muslims should change this Ideology to live with others. They must leave Koran alone and go by the law of the land where they live.


    November 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

  10. Andrew – I suppose the increase in hits was just down to the fact that the Mohammed guest editor issue had been discussed on the internet – clearly whoever was responsible for the attack probably looked it up on the internet too at some point, but I’m not sure why you put such particular emphasis on visits to your earlier piece on CH.

    Although Aminu’s is probably my least favourite comment here, my first reaction to seeing the pictures (before the bomb) was that they were at least potentially Islamophobic (which doesn’t mean CH shouldn’t be able to publish them!) I realize more clearly now that it has a reputation for anti-clericalism generally, but when I saw the heavily veiled women in the cartoons I thought of the impact of recent legislation against the veil, and thought that might affect how one responded to the satire. By contrast, I’ve occasionally seen slightly edgy cartoons featuring burka clad women in Private Eye which didn’t trouble me at all because they seemed driven by a wish to be witty rather than a wish to offend (though they’d offend some Muslims probably). Alan A on HP was arguing that the satire was aimed at Islamism in Tunisia, and was supportive of secular Tunisians – again, in a sense it doesn’t matter how pure or otherwise the motives were as I don’t like excessive censorship, but I’d really like to know quite what drove the satire because to me it just looked like it was aimed at Daily Star readers.

    Sarah AB

    November 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

  11. What are you idiots thinking? You already know the sensitive issue could cause problems.
    You already know that you’re standing close to the gas tank, but you’re still playing with fire nearby.

    The Ordinary People

    November 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

  12. Sarah,

    I have liked many of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for, well, let’s just say a long time. Caricatures of religious figures are part of their stock-in-trade.

    Charlie’s anti-clericalism, and similar (milder) cartoons are paralleled in the Le Canard Enchaîné.

    One could say that puerile provocation is Charlie’s speciality, and it’s all the funnier to see people react pompously to it.

    Such as Pierre Haski’s failure to condemn the fire bombing and musings on French Muslim identity and the hurt of French Muslims, which he feels qualified to speak on behalf of, in the Guardian’s CiF today,


    Though he is right that Charlie stems from the against everything cultural leftism (Gauchisme) of the 1970s and 1968.

    Er, I come from a European leftist background as well – figure that one out…..

    Since Charlie re-appeared in 1992 I have read it when I can get it, and enjoyed it, though the editor Val, became increasingly obnoxious (that’s a topic in its own right but suffice to say Harry’s Place would find him a sympathetic person politically).

    So I’m more than pleased that its present editor, Charb, is a leftist and supports the Front de Gauche, which, were I in France, I’d back.

    On the stats – the post I did on Charlie I referred to was made well in September 2008 which is why I found it strange that anyone was interested and I’ve had a splattering of hits on it for over a week now.

    When I wrote the present post I was not aware that there’d been a pre-publication controversy about Charlie.

    There’s been a few more important news items around, y’know!

    Oh, I like the Tunisian left, particularly the Maghreb secularist left, and am none too fond of Ennahada.

    Andrew Coates

    November 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

  13. sorry with all do respect no one here knows islam thats the real problem. the word islam its self meaning in arabic is peace and this guy that says that quran orders the killing of non muslims totally untrue please dont spread words u dont know im muslim telling u thats very hurtful how people here think of islam please i do respect all religions so please respect mine.


    November 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  14. Sarah: I think that the French have a much more ‘peasant, eathy, unrefined’ sense of humour than our own. What I would do if I were an editor of a satirical, political magazine is publish cartoons of Mohammed, but with the face either undrawn or as a black space. Then they could argue over whether that wa insulting or not. Either that, or reproduce some of the many characterisations of Mohammed’s looks found in the Muslim world, especially Persian.

    Sue R

    November 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  15. Point taken doks!

    Andrew – thanks very much. I think Sue’s point about the tone of French humour is helpful – and helps explain why I rather took against the cartoon, and maybe misjudged how it was intended. For the same reason it’s interesting to read Andrew’s account of the differences between the two editors – I’d thought the cartoon reflected a ‘Val’ point of view, as it were – I’m choosing to gloss your reference to ‘Harry’s Place’ as ‘some HP readers’!

    Although much discussion has rightly focused on the complete unacceptability of using threats of violence to shut down free speech, I feel that there is a mirror image to this where it almost becomes difficult (though no one’s going to resort to violence of course) and almost taboo to discuss whether something like the Charlie Hebdo cartoon might be offensive, or Islamophobic – I’ve been happy to backtrack quite a bit from my initial assessment, now I know more about the context, but I think one should be able to raise the issue. But I suppose things are different at CIF, and that’s more problematic still.

    Sarah AB

    November 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

  16. “I think that the French have a much more ‘peasant, eathy, unrefined’ sense of humour than our own.” / “I think Sue’s point about the tone of French humour is helpful”
    Such subtle judgments and oppositions between “us” and “them” are impressive. Who could not trust you ?


    November 4, 2011 at 2:09 am

  17. Well I’m English and I like French humour – I don’t think there’s that much of a difference.

    Andrew Coates

    November 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

  18. Saw Dr. Maurice Bucaille en Muhammad (PSL)
    Comment Mohammed paix soit sur lui pour répondre aux quatre siècles de

    faits scientifiques dans le Coran, non seulement découvert, mais les

    progrès de la science dans ces derniers siècles, sinon le Coran et la

    maison est vivante sans aucun doute, la suspicion, et non dans les

    textes? …


    November 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  19. je ne sais pas pourquoi vous chercher a provoqués les autres pourquoi..est ce pour attirer l’attention envers vous ou vous essayer de faire reveiller un volcan endormie …c’est du racisme ethnique vous avez perdu le savoir faire et le savoir vivre c’est pas bien vous perdez le respect des autres c’est dangereux pour vous….


    November 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  20. Arrani – Il s’en est fallu de peu que je prenne ça pour une menace..

    Andrew Coates

    November 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

  21. Suave: to an idiot, everything is simple and straightforward. You obviously are one of those people who cannot bear any sort of generalisation about any social matter. Fine, but that doesn’t mean you are right.

    Sue R

    November 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  22. Keep trying destroying Islam and people keep converting into Islam, you are just wasting your time, Islam is the truth for the eternity ,


    February 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  23. Do we see similar sensitivity of Scientologists for essentially the same reason? Can’t stand to expose the secrets.


    January 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

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