Almost half French oppose publishing Mohammed cartoons: poll

So we are not Charlie after all?

Almost half of French oppose publication of cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, according to a poll Jan. 18, as global debate deepened on the limits of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings.

The Ifop poll found 42 percent believe Mohammed cartoons seen as offensive by many Muslims should not be published. Fifty percent said they backed “limitations on free speech online and on social networks.”

However, 57 percent said opposition from Muslims should not prevent the cartoons being published, according to the poll, published in Le Journal du Dimanche.

The poll found overwhelming support — 81 percent — for stripping French nationality from dual nationals who have committed an act of terrorism on French soil.

Sixty eight percent favoured banning French citizens from returning to the country if “they are suspected of having gone to fight in countries or regions controled by terrorist groups,” such as Syria.

The same percentage backed bans on people suspected of wanting to join jihadist movements from leaving France.

However, 57 percent of respondents to the poll opposed French military intervention in countries including Libya, Syria and Yemen…

I do not know if the results of the poll were influenced by the attack itself.  If so, chalk up another victory for Islam.  It uses violence to scare people and, guess what?  It works.  The cancellation of the PEGIDA march in Germany was an act of surrender to Islam.  

Like a virus, it is making steady inroads.