Tout est pardonné?


This is the front cover of this week’s issue of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

The cartoon was drawn by Luz, who escaped last week’s massacre in Paris only because he was late for work. There is a fascinating interview with Luz here.

The issue is published on Wednesday. 3 million copies will be printed in 16 languages.


Another staff cartoonist, Willem, also gave an interview after the attack that flies in the face of the world’s outpouring of grief and solidarity with the magazine. He is not so interested in Charlie Hebdo‘s sudden supporters.  “We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”


7 thoughts on “Tout est pardonné?

  1. I can appreciate the idea that the outpouring of grief is a little insincere, since the magazine was financially unstable, and had few readers. The interview with Luz was very good. Unfortunately, I cannot get the Willem link to work. I thought his comment about vomiting on those who have shown support was harsh, though I think I can understand his frustration.
    Cheers Niall. Pete.

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  2. cheers, pete; link is now fixed. let’s be honest, most people had never heard of Charlie Hebdo before last week, and honestly, while I think satire is vitally important in a democracy, I generally like it to be a bit more subtle than what they do. It’s no Private Eye, that’s for sure. and i understand why he hates people who run around defending the magazine, because as far as he is concerned they are the same establishment types who would refuse to buy it and thought it was juvenile smut. It IS juvenile smut, by the way; even Luz admits that.

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  3. I confess that although I had heard of it, I have never read it. I do read Private Eye occasionally, and just thought that the attack was worth a general degree of support, but maybe not at the unrealistic level that was achieved. It has all got a bit too much to be honest, at least on the news here.

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  4. The only thing they are guilty of is being unfunny – I looked at all the provocative cartoons online (with translations, as my French isn’t great, but they weren’t really necessary) Some of them felt to me as if they were being deliberately provocative, with the joke being secondary to the provocation – “let’s be controversial”. Some of the increase in income will go to the murdered workers’ families, surely?

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      1. Absolutely – but it isn’t Viz (I love Viz!) I guess different cultures’ senses of humour can be completely mystifying, can’t it? But every one (presumably) has one. Like Pete, I read Private Eye sometimes, which can be hysterical – although occasionally I’m not sure of who exactly they’re targeting as it CAN be quite “London-media” centric – though if it’s someone really obscure, there’s generally an explanation. There was a “recipe” in The Guardian earlier this week which was so aiming for Pseud’s Corner. We actually had to check the date in case it was an old April Fool’s Joke. (Google Guardian Jamie Oliver toast to find it – there’s even a diagram for how to cut it. I’m not kidding. Some of the comments are gold dust. How much was he PAID for that?! The words old rope and money spring to mind….)

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