Thursday, February 02, 2006
The editor of a French newspaper that printed a cartoon featuring the Prophet Muhammad on its front page has been sacked for offending Muslims.
Jacques Lefranc was dismissed by the owner of France Soir, as his paper became embroiled in a developing row between Muslims and European press.
However France Soir owner Raymond Lakah said in a statement to AFP he "decided to remove Jacques Lefranc as managing director of the publication as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual".
Raymond or Rami Lakah is an Egyptian multimillionaire businessman. He has enormous problems with his unpaid L.E 1.2 billion ($207 million) bank loans. He has dual nationalities, Egyptian and French, and that lead to the cancellation of his parliament membership.
Lakah is a Catholic Egyptian. I am so glad Lakah fired the editor because if it became publicly known that he owns France Soir, another nail will be hit in the Egyptian Muslim-Christian relations' coffin.