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French weekly publishes Mohammad cartoons

French authorities criticise Charlie Hebdo's decision to publish cartoons of Prophet

French weekly publishes Mohammad cartoons
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French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on Wednesday, a decision criticised by the French authorities which sent riot police to protect the magazine's offices.

The magazine included several
caricatures of the Prophet on its inside
pages.

The publication comes in the midst of widespread outrage over an anti-Muslim film posted on the Internet. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticised Charlie Hebdo's decision as a provocation and said he had ordered security beefed up at French diplomatic offices in the Muslim world.

Charlie Hebdo's Paris offices were fire bombed last November after it published a mocking caricature of Mohammad. In 2005, Danish cartoons of the Prophet sparked a wave of violent protests across the Muslim world that killed at least 50 people.