French ambassador to Bulgaria: This was an attack on freedom of speech

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on freedom of speech, against one of the basic freedoms, French ambassador to Bulgaria Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes said in a television interview on January 8.

He was speaking a day after a group of terrorists attacked the Paris offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring others.

The French ambassador, appearing on public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, said that attacks of this kind were wholly unacceptable, which was why the French people had taken to the streets, fully justified in showing their unity against aggression.

He said that there could not be limits on humour, saying that this was impossible and asking, rhetorically, who could decide where the boundaries lay.

The ambassador said that the terrorists’ aim was to impose fear among journalists and in society.

Everywhere in the world there were radical people, he said. It was incorrect to link immigrants in France with terrorism, the ambassador said.



The Sofia Globe staff

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