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Charlie Hebdo Mocks Its Murderers

Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 11:23 AM

(AFP) Charlie Hebdo’s new edition out Wednesday mocks the Islamist gunmen who murdered many of its staff last week, but also skewers other targets with its usual brand of satire and caricatures.

The issue, the French version of which AFP obtained ahead of going on sale, was put together by surviving staff in a show of defiance, to show it will not be silenced.

After the cover, which features a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) sign under the title “Tout est pardonn√©” (“All is forgiven”) are 15 pages of articles and drawings.

The issue includes : 

– Illustrations and articles from the five cartoonists, two columnists and one subeditor killed.

– A centre spread of cartoons, the main one showing the Arc de Triomphe and scenes from the massive Paris rally on Sunday that gathered 1.6 million people and dozens of world leaders. Its title reads: “More people for ‘Charlie’ than for Mass.”

– An editorial in which the chief editor, Gerard Biard, says: “What made us laugh the most was that the bells of Notre Dame rang in our honour.” He said he and the surviving employees “with all our heart thank those who, in their millions… are really by our side, who sincerely and deeply ‘are Charlie'”.

– Surviving columnist Patrick Pelloux jokes around about the attack and his departed colleagues, then writes: “I don’t know why this is my first column written in tears. The sound of their voices is like silence.”

– The final page is of 13 cartoons, most of which lampoon the two Islamists who decimated the newspaper’s staff. One shows them arriving in paradise and asking, “Where are the 70 virgins?” Behind a festive cloud comes the answer: “With the Charlie team, losers!”

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