FRANCE: Muslim tries to buy controlling interest in Charlie Hebdo, masterful creator of the Mohammed cartoons offensive to Islam

Rachid Nekkaz, the Muslim entrepreneur who has offered to pay the fines of all women convicted of wearing a burka in France, is now seeking to acquire a 51% controlling interest in Charlie Hebdo, according to his blog.

“Given that the magazine Charlie Hebdo is feeling the full force of the crisis which is affecting the entire French press, I think it is important to preserve and perpetuate the satirical character of the magazine Charlie Hebdo”, he writes. (Who does he think he’s kidding?)

Specifically, he offers to inject 700,000 euros into the magazine immediately, and more if needed. “At a time when the magazine is the declared target of extremist islamists on all sides, it is not inopportune that Charlie Hebdo’s board of directors should welcome a shareholder of Muslim culture into its midst.” Islam vs Europe


France.24  Riot police in Paris on Saturday continued to enforce a ban on protests against the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that published cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed on Wednesday.

Squads were positioned near the city’s Grand Mosque, on the Trocadero square that overlooks the Eiffel Tower, and on the Place de la Concorde, where a week ago an unauthorised demo about the film led to police making 150 arrests. Social networks have been awash this week with appeals for Muslims in France, home to western Europe’s largest Islamic community, to defy the ban and hold fresh protests.

HUFFPO  A French court has convicted a man for carrying a weapon at an illegal demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy protesting a video that protesting Muslims say insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

The 24-year-old convert to Islam was sentenced to three months in prison. Saturday’s ruling came hours after police detained a man in the western city of La Rochelle suspected of threatening to decapitate the editor of a French satirical weekly that published lewd caricatures of the prophet on Wednesday amid protests around the world against the amateurish film produced in California.

The swift action in both cases reflects concern in France, where Islam is the second biggest religion after Christianity, about potential fallout from the video and the caricatures. Protests planned for Saturday were banned, and police increased security around the U.S. Embassy, at the main Paris mosque and at other sensitive sites.

A week ago, police detained 151 protesters who suddenly gathered at the U.S. Embassy without authorization and eventually released all but the convicted man, Loic Guibet. Police found a retractable club bearing his fingerprints in a garbage can nearby. Guibet, who works for the French railway and is married, claimed he brought the weapons “preventatively” should a Zionist group blamed for violence in the past show up.