France paralysed by ignorance, misinformation and horror

The slaughter of Charlie Hebdo’s staff by radical Islamists last Wednesday has raised the stakes in an already tense country to boiling point

14th January, 2015
6
A woman looks at floral tributes left outside the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris for the victims of the Islamist massacre Picture: AFP/Getty Images

The people who put me on the path to journalism were among the 12 individuals massacred last Wednesday, in the deadliest terror attack France has experienced since the 1960s Algerian independence war.

Jean Cabut, alias Cabu, was 76. Before I could read, he drew caricatures live on French television’s leading children show. The freedom with which he made meaning and laughter spring out of an ink marker fascinated me.

Cabu’s cartoons filled the pages of...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 1 year ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 1 year ago