PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister condemned an apparent arson attack early on Wednesday that destroyed the offices of a satirical French newspaper that had "invited" the Prophet Muhammad as a guest editor this week.
A police official said the blaze broke out overnight at the offices of Charlie Hebdo weekly, and the exact cause remains unclear. No injuries were reported. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because an investigation into the fire is under way.
Police cited a witness saying that someone was seen throwing two firebombs at the building.
The newspaper director, who goes by the name Charb, said the fire was triggered by a Molotov cocktail. He blamed "radical stupid people who don't know what Islam is," for the apparent attack.
"I think that they are themselves unbelievers ... idiots who betray their own religion," Charb said in an interview with Associated Press Television News...And what, pray tell, had the paper done to elicit such wrath?
The front-page of the weekly, subtitled "Sharia Hebdo," a reference to Islamic law, showed a cartoon-like man with a turban, white robe and beard smiling broadly and saying, in an accompanying bubble, "100 lashes if you don't die laughing."Pretty funny. In other news that may or may not be related, someone has been sending explosive packages to a Halloween costume shop.