French Magazine to Publish New Round of Mohammed Cartoons

Charlie Hebdo's publication of such cartoons in September forced France to close down institutions and embassies in more than 20 countries; magazine editor: If people want to be shocked, they will be shocked.

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo announced Sunday it is to publish a special edition next week with cartoons on the life of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

The same magazine published cartoons of Mohammed in September, prompting protests worldwide that forced the temporary closure of several French institutes abroad.  The next edition is due to be published on Wednesday.

It is offensive in Islam to depict images of the prophet.

"If people want to be shocked, they will be shocked," said Charlie Hebdo editor, Stephane Charbonnier, on Sunday, according to the AFP news agency.

The front cover of the magazine that hit newsstands in September showed an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure in a wheelchair with several caricatures of the Prophet on its inside pages, including some of him naked.

The front page cartoon had the wheelchair-bound figure saying "You mustn't mock" under the headline "Untouchable 2", a reference to a hugely popular French movie about a paralyzed rich white man and his black assistant.

The publication came amid widespread outrage over a short film, made with private funds in the United States, that mocks the Prophet and has ignited days of sometimes deadly protests in the Arab world, Africa, Asia and some Western countries.

French embassies and schools were closed in 20 countries following publication of the cartoon.

Charlie Hebdo's Paris offices were fire bombed last November after it published a mocking caricature of Mohammad. In 2005, Danish cartoons of the Prophet sparked a wave of violent protests across the Muslim world that killed at least 50 people.