France cracks down on hate speech; defiant paper sells out
PARIS - France is ordering prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism.
The Justice Ministry says 54 people have been arrested for those offenses since terror attacks left 20 dead in Paris last week, including three gunmen. Several have already been convicted under special measures for immediate sentencing. Inciting terrorism can bring a 5-year prison term - or up to 7 years for inciting terrorism online.
Among those detained was Dieudonne, a controversial, popular comic with repeated convictions for racism and anti-Semitism.
The crackdown came as Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris. The brisk sales produced scuffles at newstands over dwindling copies of the satirical weekly, which put the Prophet Muhammad on its cover.
France has been tightening security and searching for accomplices of the gunmen since the terror attacks began. French police say as many as six members of a terrorist cell may still be at large. None of the 54 people arrested have been linked to the attacks.