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Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Maurice Sinet dies at 87

Published 05/05/2016 | 13:41

French cartoonist Maurice Sinet had been fighting cancer for several years
French cartoonist Maurice Sinet had been fighting cancer for several years

Maurice Sinet, a former cartoonist for French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, has died. He was 87.

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His lawyer and longtime friend Dominique Tricaud said Sinet, better known by the nickname "Sine", died on Thursday after undergoing surgery in a Paris hospital. He had been fighting cancer for several years.

Sinet was known for his anarchist and anti-clerical positions. He was fired by Charlie Hebdo in 2008 for a column targeting a son of then-president Nicolas Sarkozy that triggered accusations of anti-Semitism.

He challenged his dismissal and was granted damages for wrongful termination of contract.

Mr Tricaud said Sinet "was probably the freest soul I ever met".

Sinet expressed his deepest sympathy to Charlie Hebdo following last year's deadly attack on the magazine's Paris offices.

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