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Charlie Hebdo Responds to Paris Attacks With Defiant Cover Cartoon: Picture

Resilient. French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which suffered a dozen office casualties this past January when its headquarters was attacked by terrorists, responded to last week’s attacks with the cover of their new issue.

The magazine’s latest cover was posted to Twitter by columnist Mathieu Madenian ahead of the publication’s weekly release on Wednesday, Nov. 18. It features a bullet-riddled cartoon character clutching a bottle of bubbly, and guzzling from a flute in his hand. As champagne pours from his bullet wounds, the man dances defiantly.

The cover headline reads, “They have arms. F–k them. We have the champagne!”

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Charlie Hebdo‘s response is especially powerful given its tragedy less than a year ago. On Jan. 7, the publication’s headquarters in Paris were attacked by terrorists who had targeted the magazine because of how it had depicted the Muslim prophet, Muhammad in past cartoons. The Charlie Hebdo attack killed 12 people, including four founding cartoonists at the magazine, and resulted in a global movement.

Turkish journalists hold posters reading “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) on Istiklal avenue in front of the French consulate during a rally they organised after Paris attacks on January 11, 2015, in Istanbul.

Following the attacks, the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” (“I Am Charlie”) was used by people around the world to show solidarity and defend the principle of free speech.

On Friday, terrorists set up explosions outside of a soccer stadium, as well as at a local restaurant and the Bataclan theatre, where the Eagles of Death Metal were performing. In total, at least 129 people were killed in the attacks. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the incident, and authorities have narrowed in on suspects.

Flowers are put on bullet holes in the windows of the cafe “Bonne biere”, on November 17, 2015 in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured on November 13.

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According to French President Francois Hollande, the attacks were planned in Syria and coordinated in Belgium. So far, the attackers include Samy Amimour, Ismael Omar Mostefai, and Bilal Hadfi. Other suspects are still being confirmed. The New York Times reported on Monday that a 27-year-old Belgian named Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a member of ISIS, was the primary suspect. According to Reuters, two more people were arrested Tuesday by German police near the city of Aachen. Two men and one woman were also arrested early Tuesday in addition to the latest suspects nabbed.

Meanwhile, French warplanes executed another round of airstrikes against ISIS in its stronghold of Raqqa, located in the northern part of Syria. 

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