CAIRO - Muslim leaders criticized a French magazine's
publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday as another Western
insult to their faith and urged France's government to take firm action against
"We reject and condemn the French cartoons that dishonor the Prophet
and we condemn any action that defames the sacred according to people's
beliefs," the acting head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice
Party, Essam Erian, said.
The cartoons were featured in the French
satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Its front cover showed an Orthodox Jew pushing a
turbaned figure in a wheelchair and several caricatures of the Prophet were
included on its inside pages, including some of him naked.