France: Muslim leaders condemn paper arson attack

France: Muslim leaders condemn paper arson attack

(The Charlie Hebdo site was defaced by Turkish hackers)

Via PA:

Leading Muslim figures in France, a country that has western Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated at five million, also condemned the attack.

Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council for the Muslim Faith, said his organisation deplored "the very mocking tone of the paper toward Islam and its prophet but reaffirms with force its total opposition to all acts and all forms of violence."

Dalil Boubakeur, who heads the Great Mosque of Paris, condemned "an act which can in no way represent the principles of liberty, tolerance and peace that are (our) message." But he regretted the "anxious European climate of Islamophobia" fed in part by stigmatising Muslims through caricatures.