Fire was set to the Paris offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the early morning on Wednesday, hours before an issue hit newsstands featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
The issue was renamed "Charia Hebdo," in reference to Sharia law, and was "guest edited" by the Prophet Muhammad. The special issue was produced following the electoral success of the Islamist Ennahda party in the Tunisia. A cartoon image of Muhammad shows a bubble quote of him saying: "100 lashes if you don't die laughing."
The paper's publisher, who goes simply by the name Charb, said, according to media reports, that a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window of the Paris office, setting the newsroom ablaze. The damage done by the fire and the water used to extinguish it left the paper paralyzed. Charb told France-Info radio: "We don't have a paper."
No one was injured in the apparent attack, which happened at approximately 1 a.m., and no arrests have been made, according to local police.