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The bitter background to the Charlie Hebdo massacre

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Un des derniers dessins de Charb, publié le 7 janvir 2014 © Charb Un des derniers dessins de Charb, publié le 7 janvir 2014 © Charb

The attack by gunmen on the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday came almost nine years after the French satirical magazine found itself at the centre of a fierce controversy for first reproducing in France the so-called ‘Prophet Muhammad caricatures’ originally published in a Danish newspaper. Charlie Hebdo has since continued to publish cartoons that mock Islamic fundamentalism, prompting the anger of a section of Muslims in France and abroad, and which led to a devastating firebomb attack on its offices in 2011. The magazine has regularly defended its position as that of a satirical publication that is equally irreverent towards the hypocrisies of all religions. Dan Israel traces the bitter background to Wednesday’s horrific outrage.

French spectacle makers see red over François Hollande's Danish glasses

President causes dismay among local glasses makers who urge him to drop his new Danish designer frames for a pair made in France.

Uncovered: the neurosis of Prince Philip, made in France

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Philip de Grèce devenu Mountbatten. Philip de Grèce devenu Mountbatten.

The British Queen Elizabeth II is in France for the D-Day commemorations, in what may prove to be her last trip to the country. At her side as usual – or rather, two paces behind – is her consort Prince Philip. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud takes a look at Philip's close connections with France as a child and comes up with a theory about why the gaffe-prone consort behaves and talks as he does. According to this theory Prince Philip has sought – not always entirely successfully – to suppress his colourful and varied family roots in order to conform to the demands of the British monarchy. And now, argues Perraud, Prince Philip has himself become a symbol of a once diverse and dynamic Europe that has lost its way.

Deadly avalanches sweep French Alps

At least 24 people have died in avalanches in France and Switzerland since Christmas; a similar number have escaped, many with serious injuries.