ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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As Seen by a Bystander in France

The Charlie Story

Charlie Hebdo has been an important part of France's public conversation, with some of its cartoonists being well known nationally for their art. The aftermath of their killings has opened up deep divisions exemplified by the contesting Je Suis Charlie and the Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie slogans. France faces a number of stark questions as it works to rebuild the republic in the post-Charlie Hebdo world.

Charlie Hebdo has now been dominating the headlines around the world ever since 10 of its employees and associates, including five cartoonists well known in France, were killed by gunmen seemingly protesting the magazine’s satire and caricatures of prophet Mohammed and Islam. While the experts, analysts and well-read social network pundits are busy proving their own points, the debates reveal only a small part of the consequence of this entire episode on the life of an ordinary Frenchman.

A Symbol and Idea

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