Two survivors of Charlie Hebdo massacre to leave the newspaper

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Artistic director Luz and writer Patrick Pelloux both announce departures months after massacre at publication's offices.

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Two journalists are leaving Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French newspaper whose staff was decimated in a January terror massacre, reports The Telegraph.

Artistic director Luz had said in May that he planned to end his career as a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. In this week's issue, he made known that next week would be his last.

Writer Patrick Pelloux said in an interview Saturday he was also leaving, "probably" in January.

Charlie Hebdo mocked religions, including Islam's prophet Mohammed. Luz drew the cover cartoon - a weeping Mohammed, saying "All is forgiven" - in the issue following the January 7 attack by Islamic extremists on the paper, which left 12 people dead. A second attack two days later on a Kosher grocery store in Paris killed five others.

All three gunmen died in clashes with police.

"If I've decided to stop writing it's because ... something has ended," Pelloux told the student radio station Web7Radio. "You have to know how to turn the page one day."

Read more of this Associated Press report published by The Telegraph.

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