Press Release 01/06
“The cartoons which were published yesterday by a French daily are the sole responsibility of the news paper which printed them.
The principle of freedom of the press, which the French authorities defend everywhere in the world, cannot be called into question. It should be exercised in a spirit of respect for beliefs and religions.
France condemns all that hurts individuals in their beliefs or religious convictions.
It should be noted that the person in charge of that publication has since relinquished that responsibility, and that the owner has presented his apologies to those that the cartoons might have shocked”.