Thursday, February 02, 2006

France Soir disgrace

One of the papers that published the Muhammad cartoons yesterday was France Soir. Its editor, Jacques Lefranc, has now been fired by the owner, Raymond Lakah.

France Soir originally said it had published the images in full to show "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.
But late on Wednesday its owner, Raymond Lakah, said he had removed managing editor Jacques Lefranc "as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual".

Mr Lakah said: "We express our regrets to the Muslim community and all people who were shocked by the publication."

Who the hell else but a Muslim could possibly be shocked by the publication of these cartoons? Only Muslims have the idiotic belief that a representation of Muhammad is blasphemy.

Here is a little on Egyptian-born Raymond Lakah, who has thrown his lot in with the Islamo-fascists, from Egypt Today:
WHAT’S THE FIRST thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Rami Lakah? Billions in non-performing loans? The nation’s most wanted (and heaviest-set) fugitive tycoon?


More than four years after allegedly fleeing to Paris under the weight of some LE 1.2 billion in bad debt, Lakah, 41, started making his own headlines last month (quite literally) as the new owner of France-Soir, a storied French tabloid.


Lakah, who goes by the first name “Raymond” in his French exile, bought a 70 percent stake in the nightly newspaper for 4.5 million from Italy’s Poligrafici Editoriale. The French press isn’t certain what to make of Lakah’s newest toy, with the daily Libération claiming the tabloid is losing some 500,000 a month.


Under the terms of the deal, Poligrafici will retain a 30 percent stake with the option of selling it in 2006 to Montaigne Press, the British holding company Lakah set up to own France-Soir. If Poligrafici does sell out, the entire deal will be worth 9.4 million.


France-Soir isn’t Lakah’s first venture into media, though: The one-time aerospace and medical supplies titan quietly became an investor in Lafayette Press several years back; Lafayette is the publisher of the French version of Newsweek magazine.


Although France-Soir was once one of the most storied of all French newspapers, the company’s days of million-copy print runs in the 1950s and 1960s are far behind: It now prints an estimated 67,500 copies a day.


Given Lakah’s track record in Egypt, you’ve gotta wonder: Is he the next Rupert Murdoch? Or tomorrow’s Conrad Black?
What he is is a disgrace to France, and if the French have any pride and balls left whatsoever they should rise up in outrage to defend what's left of freedom of speech in their country. In the conflict between Islamo-fascism and the free West, Raymond Lakah has shown himself to be part of the enemy within.

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