I have always believed freedom of speech comes with responsibility for the consequences.
France is, after the shock to their consciousness, going through a process of redefining what constitutes free speech and what constitutes a threat to freedom, what constitutes incendiary provocation and what roll censorship plays in securing individual liberties they feel defines their Republic. There are not any absolute right positions in this argument. There are, as I see it, limits on everything in this Universe, free speech included.
As for deciding to show political cartoons or not, a dialog that has received a lot of media time, isn’t that a decision that can be made either way? It’s hard to argue for an absolute right to ridicule anyone or thing, without respecting the right to not indulge in that exercise.