Charlie Hebdo

'No Jew in France is safe any more'

France — Investigation

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.

The post-attacks challenge for France in integrating its disaffected suburbs

France — Link

The gulf separating the populations of high-rise, low income, out-of-town neighbourhoods from the rest of France is wider today than ever.

Muslim who saved Paris kosher store attack hostages receives French nationality

International — Link

Malian-born Lassana Bathily, 24, who came to France eight years ago, said 'I'm not a hero' and that he was 'proud and moved' to become French.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation 'ponders legal action against Charlie Hebdo'

International — Link

The 57-member-state body which claims to represent a majority of Muslim countries says it is studying options under European and French law.

French poll finds more than 40% oppose publication of Prophet cartoons

France — Link

The poll, published Sunday, also found half of those questioned were for limits on free opions expressed online and on social media.

French flags burnt in Charlie Hebdo protests from Algiers to Karachi

International — Link

Protests continued on Saturday across many Muslim countries over Charlie Hebdo magazine's coverpage cartoon of the Prophet

Moroccan man dies in 'Islamophobic' attack near Avignon

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The 47-year-old father was attacked at his home by a knife-wielding neighbour, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said.

Four die in Niger amid violent anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Muslim countries

International — Link

In former French colony Niger, a protest turned violent as demonstrators set fire to churches while a press photographer was shot in Pakistan.

Muslim hero of Paris Jewish store hostage crisis awarded French nationality

France — Link

The practising Muslim from Mali said his actions were those that any human should take for others facing threats from a common enemy.

Post-Paris terrorist attacks, hackers mount massive attack on French websites

France — Link

The attack on 19,000 websites has 'never been seen before' said Arnaud Coustillieère, head of cyberdefence for the French military.

Charlie Hebdo massacre victims laid to rest

France — Link

Five of the magazine's editorial team and a police officer, gunned down last week by Islamic extremists, were buried amid emotional scenes.

The 'culture of violence and resentment' that fuels French jihadists

France — Interview

The shooting attacks in Paris last week claimed the lives of a total of 17 victims and ended with the deaths of the three gunmen. The outrages, perpetrated by Islamic extremists and which began with the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine before the separate murders of two police officers and the executions of four hostages in a Jewish supermarket, have opened a vast societal debate in France. There have been comparisons made with the 9/11 attacks in the United States, questions raised about the true significance of the national unity displayed during last Sunday’s huge marches in defiance of terrorism, about the real extent of integration, and stigmatization, of the French Muslim population, and why the jihad increasingly lures some young French citizens. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, Olivier Roy, a recognised expert in France and abroad on questions of Islam and religious fundamentalism, discusses these and related issues, and highlights the taboos that cloud an effective analysis of the events.

French provocateur Dieudonné arrested over Facebook post for gunman

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Dieudonné, previously convicted for inciting anti-Semitism, posted support for gunman who last week murdered four in a Paris kosher store.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda claim responsibility for Charlie Hebdo massacre

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in a video it sent the gunmen to kill the magaine's editorial team, confirming their claims last week.