France Soir, the first French newspaper to publish contested cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed last week, evacuated its offices this afternoon after receiving a threatening call, staff and police said.
Police said the caller threatened to blow himself up at the daily’s offices in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. Police sent a team with sniffer dogs.
About 60 employees evacuated the building but were able to go back in two hours later.
Anti-terrorism police are investigating.
The cartoons first appeared in a Danish newspaper and have been reprinted by France Soir and other European media in the name of free speech.
The caricatures include a drawing of Mohammed wearing a turban shaped as a bomb.
Muslims have been outraged because Islamic tradition bars any depiction of the prophet to prevent idolatry.