The headquarters of a satirical French newspaper were damaged by fire early Wednesday as a controversial special edition poking fun at Islamic law in Libya and Tunisia was set to hit newsstands.
A fire apparently sparked by one or two Molotov cocktails melted computers, destroyed archives, and burned the first two floors of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper’s offices in Paris about 1 a.m., officials said. No injuries were reported, and authorities said they had no suspects as of Wednesday afternoon.
The special issue, which the paper said was “guest edited” by the prophet Muhammad, covers the recent victory of the Islamist Nahda party in Tunisian elections, as well as the announcement by Libyan leaders that sharia law would form the basis for the nation’s future legislation.
The cover drawing of a bug-eyed character wearing a turban is accompanied by the words “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing!”Continue Reading on www.latimes.com