Keyword: Charlie Hebdo

Nicaragua denies entry to French cartoonist

Julien Berjeaut, known as 'Jul', has not been given a reason for refusal to let him appear on panel paying homage to magazine Charlie Hebdo.

France's 'spirit of January 11' or the ghost of a unity that passed

Manifestation du 11 janvier 2015 à Paris. © Thomas Haley Manifestation du 11 janvier 2015 à Paris. © Thomas Haley

Following the January 2015 terror attacks in and around Paris which left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen, there were huge marches held across France to express public outrage over the events. On Sunday January 11th, an estimated four million people took to the streets of the country’s major towns and cities, with an estimated two million in Paris alone. The French government, and in particular Prime Minister Manuel Valls, has since coined the phrase ‘the spirit of January 11’, using it repeatedly as a rallying call for national unity, notably as it drove through its recent law to introduce mass surveillance powers for the security services. But the recurrent references to what was a remarkable day have now turned sour, amid a heightening debate, as critics on the Right and Left accuse the government of attempting to invent a false conception for cynical political gain. One of them is Christian Salmon, a writer and researcher with the Paris-based Centre for Research in the Arts and Language. In this opinion article he argues that the ‘spirit of January 11’ has “evolved into a confusing scrum, a macabre dance with a cortege of grimacing masks, heroic posturing and denunciations”.

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist ‘Luz’ to leave newspaper

The celebrated Rénald Luzier cited increased pressure in wake of terror attack as reason for his 'very personal choice' to leave.

Paris Muslim radio in conciliator role after January terrorist attacks

Muslims and non-Muslims turn to 'Beur FM' phone-in chat programmes to debate tolerance, integration and violence in French society.

US drone 'kills' al-Qaeda chief who claimed responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attacks

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announced death of Nasr bin Ali al-Ansi, who claimed his group organised attack on French magazine staff.

Murdered cartoonist Wolinski's widow Maryse on life without Georges

Maryse Wolinski tells how she learnt of Charlie Hebdo attack in a taxi, and how filling her home with George's loving notelets helps her cope.

Four arrested over links to Paris kosher store killer

Three men and a policewoman are held for questioning over their relationships with Amedy Coulibaly who shot four people dead in January.

Charlie Hebdo to print 2.5 million copies as magazine gets back to work

After the post-shooting special edition, the French satirical magazine is now resuming weekly publication - under heavy police protection.

Danish police believe Copenhagen gunman possibly imitated Charlie Hebdo attack

Danish police spokesman said they believe the 22 year-old gunman may have been copying the murderous January attacks in the French capital.

Attacks boost Hollande's ratings - but for how long?

An analysis of the French president's recent surge in popularity and the likelihood of whether it will last ahead of a key press conference.

Far right tops by-election in test of French opinion after terror attacks

In blow to former President Sarkozy, his UMP candidate was knocked out in first round, leaving a run-off between the socialists and the far right.

French dissenters jailed after crackdown on speech that glorifies terrorism

Lawyers and human rights groups raise concerns over heavy prison sentences in France, including for people who drunkenly insulted police.

Charlie Hebdo awarded special prize at French comics festival

 Award at festival in Angoulême was created after January 7th attack which claimed lives of some of France’s best-loved cartoonists.

'No Jew in France is safe any more'


In the wake of the terrorist acts earlier this month that left 17 people dead, including four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and after the extraordinary public marches that followed them, Mediapart met with five key Jewish figures in France. They are all past or present heads of the influential Jewish students organisation the Union des étudiants juifs de France and spoke frankly about their views on the rise in anti-Semitism in France, their dismay at the “indifference” of many French people to previous attacks on Jews in the country, and their pride at the mass demonstrations of January 11th. Carine Fouteau reports.

The story of Charlie Hebdo


The massacre of 11 people at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, in a series of terrorist attacks that also saw the murders of four Jewish hostages in a Paris kosher store and the executions of two police officers, has brought worldwide attention to a publication hitherto little-known outside of France. But the history of the magazine and its outstanding cartoonists remains obscure to many in the Anglophone world. Dan Israel presents here (cartoons included) the five-decade, two-generation story of an eclectic gang of irreverent, anarchic and unapologetic artists who made up the cream of post-war French cartoonists, and questions what will be their legacy.