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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Editor Sacked Over Cartoons

PARIS -- The Paris newspaper France Soir has sacked its managing editor after the daily printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked protests and boycotts in the Muslim world.

The daily confirmed that owner Raymond Lakah had fired Jacques Lefranc on Wednesday evening after a tumultuous day on which German and Spanish dailies ran the controversial cartoons that first appeared in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

Lakah said in a statement that Lefranc was sacked "in a strong sign of respect for the beliefs and intimate convictions of every individual."

But Thursday's edition of the tabloid, which is in financial difficulty, defended its decision to print the cartoons first published in September by the Danish daily.

"The best way to fight censorship is not to let it happen," it wrote in an editorial. "In these circumstances, that meant publishing these drawings."

"Imagine a society that added up all the prohibitions of different religions. What would remain of the freedom to think, to speak and even to come and go? We know societies like that all too well. The Iran of the mullahs, for example. But yesterday, it was the France of the Inquisitions, the burning stakes and the Saint Bartholomew's Day [massacre of Protestants]."

Thousands of Palestinians protested against Denmark this week and Arab ministers called on it to punish Jyllands-Posten.