Paris (AFP)

Two Instagram accounts of Charlie Hebdo journalists, who had posted the weekly front page with the reproduction of the Muhammad cartoons, were temporarily deactivated on Sunday.

"These accounts were deleted by mistake. We reinstated them as soon as we learned of them, and we apologized," Mélanie Agazzome, Instagram communications director for France and France, told AFP. Southern Europe.

It only takes one report for an account to be deactivated, and those accounts have been reported.

Charlie Hebdo's Instagram account "has not been closed, has not been subject to censorship, and some members have shared the cartoons," Ms. Agazzome added.

Cartoonist Coco and journalist Laure Dassy complained on Twitter that their Instagram accounts had been deactivated after they rebroadcast the cover of their newspaper, which had reproduced the Muhammad caricatures published in 2006 on Wednesday.

“Everything is back on track. It is possible that massive coverage reports caused Instagram accounts to be suspended automatically,” Coco tweeted in the middle of the day.

"The right to blasphemy cannot be lessened," Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot recalled on Sunday.

"The right to blasphemy is a right in the secular French Republic: we must fight for it to be respected," she insisted, as the trial of the January 2015 attacks opened on Wednesday, which especially hit the satirical newspaper.

Titled "All that for that", the issue of Charlie appeared on Wednesday, in which the cartoons of Muhammad, which had made him a target of Islamist terrorism in 2015, were republished, sold 200,000 copies on day one and 200,000 other copies went on sale Saturday.

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