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France: Parisians react to Charlie Hebdo reprinting Prophet Muhammad cartoons as trial kicks off04:35

France: Parisians react to Charlie Hebdo reprinting Prophet Muhammad cartoons as trial kicks off

France, Paris
September 2, 2020 at 22:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Parisians shared their thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine reprinting the Prophet Muhammad cartoon on Wednesday, as the trial of the attackers on the magazine's offices and the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher began.

Sarah, a Muslim local, said that the move created tensions in the Muslim world, "this is a provocation. They (Charlie Hebdo's journalists) provoke, they've done it, it doesn't feel good, that's for sure. He's a prophet, you don't touch him. For them to do it again today is to increase hate, to increase racism."

Another resident, Alice, commented on the matter, sharing an opposite view, "we must not let go, never, against everything that is extremist, we must not let go of anything, nothing. One does not bend."

"We have the right to draw caricatures, we have the right to express ourselves," she added.

On Wednesday, the trial of 14 suspects believed to be behind the 2015 attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher kicked off in Paris, with the defendants facing a variety of charges over allegations they helped the perpetrators carry out the attacks that killed 17 people. Three defendants, who either fled or are presumed dead, will be tried in absentia.

France: Parisians react to Charlie Hebdo reprinting Prophet Muhammad cartoons as trial kicks off04:35
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Parisians shared their thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine reprinting the Prophet Muhammad cartoon on Wednesday, as the trial of the attackers on the magazine's offices and the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher began.

Sarah, a Muslim local, said that the move created tensions in the Muslim world, "this is a provocation. They (Charlie Hebdo's journalists) provoke, they've done it, it doesn't feel good, that's for sure. He's a prophet, you don't touch him. For them to do it again today is to increase hate, to increase racism."

Another resident, Alice, commented on the matter, sharing an opposite view, "we must not let go, never, against everything that is extremist, we must not let go of anything, nothing. One does not bend."

"We have the right to draw caricatures, we have the right to express ourselves," she added.

On Wednesday, the trial of 14 suspects believed to be behind the 2015 attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher kicked off in Paris, with the defendants facing a variety of charges over allegations they helped the perpetrators carry out the attacks that killed 17 people. Three defendants, who either fled or are presumed dead, will be tried in absentia.