French politicians paid tribute Saturday to Charlie Hebdo workers and different victims of the January 2015 Islamist assaults, days after the satirical weekly’s newest version sparked outrage in Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted the names of all 17 victims of a spate of assaults eight years in the past in and round Paris, together with the 12 folks killed on the places of work of Charlie Hebdo.
“We’ll always remember you,” he added, with a cartoon by the well-known French cartoonist Plantu under.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne additionally marked the anniversary of the assaults, which additionally concerned a lethal siege at a kosher grocery store.
“Within the face of Islamist terrorism, the Republic stays standing,” she tweeted. “For his or her households, for our values, for our liberty: we don’t overlook.”
And Tradition Minister Rima Abdul Malak tweeted: “Satire, irreverence, the republican custom of press cartoons are intrinsic to our democracy. We proceed to defend them.”
The tributes got here days after Tehran reacted furiously to cartoons mocking Iran’s management within the newest difficulty of Charlie Hebdo, which appeared on Wednesday.
The journal had invited cartoonists to depict Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei within the context of ongoing demonstrations in opposition to his theocratic regime, by girls particularly.
The graphic entrance cowl sought to spotlight the combat for girls’s rights, whereas others have been sexually specific and insulting in direction of Khamenei and fellow clerics.
Many cartoons pointed to the authorities’ use of capital punishment as a tactic to quell the protests.
– Tehran’s anger –
In response, Iran summoned France’s ambassador and referred to as on the federal government to carry “the authors of such hatred” to account.
On Thursday, it stated it was closing the Tehran-based French Institute for Analysis (IFRI).
“France has no proper to insult the sanctities of different Muslim international locations and nations below the pretext of freedom of expression,” international ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani stated.
In Paris on Saturday, Inside Minister Gerard Darmanin and the town’s mayor Anne Hidalgo have been among the many politicians who attended a ceremony on the former places of work of Charlie Hebdo, within the metropolis’s eleventh arrondissement.
It was there that two gunmen killed workers on the journal, together with a few of its best-known cartoonists.
Just a few metres additional down the identical avenue, police lieutenant Ahmed Merabet was gunned down by the killers as he tried to cease their escape.
The gunmen, who claimed to characterize Al-Qaeda within the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) stated they have been taking revenge for earlier satirical cartoons within the journal depicting the Prophet Mohammed. They have been killed after two days on the run.
The day after the Charlie Hebdo assault, one other Islamist gunman killed a police officer in Montrouge, simply exterior Paris — and a day later he killed 4 hostages at a jewish grocery store in east Paris.
He was shot lifeless as police stormed the premises and freed the remaining hostages.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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