Thursday 29 September 2016

Top cartoonist to leave Charlie Hebdo as working at magazine is 'torture, because the others are no longer there'

Published 19/05/2015 | 12:09

The terrorist attack in Paris targeted the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
The terrorist attack in Paris targeted the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is facing new problems, with a top cartoonist leaving because of the emotional burden after extremists killed his colleagues, and divisions over how to use donations from around the world.

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Cartoonist Renald Luzier, who drew the newspaper's first cover after the January 7 attack which killed 12 people, said in an interview in the daily Liberation that each issue is "torture, because the others are no longer there". He will leave in September.

He also said he will no longer draw the Prophet Mohammed. Charlie Hebdo was criticised for its prophet drawings.

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Members of the public show solidarity for Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the France terror attacks
Members of the public show solidarity for Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the France terror attacks
Flowers near the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Meanwhile, the long-struggling paper's editorial staff and management disagree over the €4.3m in donations received since January. The editor and publisher said a special commission will determine how to use it.

Pencils, candles, and flowers are set up next to Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris (AP)
Pencils, candles, and flowers are set up next to Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris (AP)
People queue to get a copy of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo new issue titled "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven") in Paris yesterday.
Employees of German news magazine Der Spiegel hold posters in tribute to the people killed at Paris offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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