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
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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...

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