France Criticizes Pope Satire

PARIS, France, MAY 11, 2005 ( A French satire portraying Benedict XVI as “Adolf II” drew sharp criticism from France’s media council.

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The show aired by Canal Plus violated a rule to “respect the different political, cultural and religious sensitivities of the public,” the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) said today.

The CSA warned Canal Plus that it faced stiff monetary fines if it violates the rule again, reported Reuters.

The popular Canal Plus news satire show “Les Guignols de l’Info” (The News Clowns), which uses puppets to spoof current events, aired the offending program on April 20, one day after German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope.

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