Stéphane Charbonnier, the Charlie Hebdo publishing director and cartoonist, was on an al Qaeda “wanted” list and lived under police protection.
The editor, who used the pen name Charb, defended the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that caused outrage in the Muslim world.
In 2013, his name was included in a Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam article published by Inspire, the terrorist propaganda magazine published by al Qaida.
Mr Charbonnier is believed to have been killed alongside 11 of his colleagues when armed gunmen stormed the magazine’s Paris offices.
Richard Malka, Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, said the offices had been “under police protection since the Mohammed cartoon affair right up until today.”