France's Hollande defends freedom of speech after anti-Hebdo clashes abroad

By REUTERS
January 17, 2015 14:23

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France's attachment to freedom of speech.

He was speaking a day after the satirical weekly's publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad sparked violent clashes, including deaths, in some Muslim countries.

Demand has surged for Charlie Hebdo's first issue since two militant gunmen burst into its weekly editorial conference and shot dead 12 people at the start of three days of violence that shocked France.

The magazine's distributors said that its print run had been lifted to seven million copies, dwarfing its usual circulation of only 60,000.


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