Pièce de résistance:Charlie Hebdo has Muhammad on the cover.

Employees of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the left-wing daily Libération worked at Libération offices on Saturday. Credit Pool photo by Bertrand Guay .

PARIS — At about 9:10 on Monday evening, laughter and a round of applause broke out among the surviving staff members of Charlie Hebdo, followed shortly by cries — joyous if ironic — of “Allahu akbar!”

The group was cheering Rénald Luzier, the cartoonist known as Luz, who on the umpteenth try had produced what the editors thought was the perfect cover image for the most anticipated issue ever of this scrappy, iconoclastic weekly, which will appear on Wednesday. It showed a figure of the prophet Muhammad holding a sign saying, “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), with the words “All is forgiven” in French above it on a green background.

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  1. I don’t quite understand the message behind the cartoon. Is it that Muhammed would have sympathised with the victims, or is he apoogising for inciting bloodshed? I doubt that very much.

    The article which resonated most with me on the topic of the Paris massacres was this one. There is a time to hate, and never was there a more urgent time to hate than now. We must use this hatred of evil to spur us on, and not just come out with platitudes or stage feel-good protests:

  2. I take it as sarcasm.
    Just been reading that the SMH featured it on the front page and the magazine will be coming to Australia

  3. Shirlee, do you know where in Australia the magazine will be sold?

    • No idea Pam. I just read that it wouldn’t/couldn’t be banned. Someone posted a video on FB last night of the queues in London. Gigantic