Charlie Hebdo cartoonist reveals how she survived attack

A young mother and cartoonist who survived the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris today said she had let the suspected Al Qaeda killers into the magazine office.

Corrine Rey said she had returned from picking up her young daughter from a kindergarten when she was confronted by two heavily armed men wearing balaclavas.

‘I had gone to pick up my daughter at day care, arriving in front of the magazine building, where two masked and armed men brutally threatened us,’ said Ms Rey, who draws under the name ‘Coco’.

‘They said they wanted to go up to the offices, so I tapped in the code,’ said Ms Rey, referring to the digi-code security system on the inter-phone.

Miss Rey and her daughter hid under a desk, from where they saw two other cartoonists being executed.

‘They shot Wolinski and Cabu,’ she said. ‘It lasted five minutes. I had taken refuge under a desk.

She said the men ‘spoke French perfectly’ and ‘claimed they were ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’…

  • Pete_Brewster

    So, she just let them in to save her own skin. Thanks for nothing, stupid cow.

    • Doug Kursk

      She is going to have to live with that betrayal.

      • Ron MacDonald

        She’s French.

    • SpaceRacer423

      Youre cursing a mother who was forced to make a choice to save her own child?
      God help you if you ever face a situation 1/1,000,000th that difficult.

      • simus1

        Why would she expect her child to be saved once she betrayed everyone else? You sound like the sort that would betray thousands to save your own skin. There is a name for such spineless beings.

        • SpaceRacer423

          Uh, she DID survive.
          YOU are a fucking idiot and little more the a keyboard warrior.

          • simus1

            Read Freud on “Projection”, it may be of some help.

          • SpaceRacer423

            bitch please.
            Dont bother telling me what you would do from the safety of your home.

          • simus1

            Sorositism is just one of the earliest harbingers to a very sad end. The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …natural instinct of the cheese-eating surrender monkey sub-species…

  • favill

    She’s French–they always give up.

  • ntt1

    the womens way.she will be feted now for her “bravery”

  • “The spoke French perfectly”.

    But they obviously did not have French laicite (secularism) as part of their upbringing. WHY?

  • simus1

    Just another coward betraying everyone and everything when the chips are down?
    It sounds just a bit too “convenient” as an alibi.

  • Exile1981

    I despise what she did, but as a parent I can see why she let them in rather than endanger her child. Of course you have to wonder why she was taking the child there anyway.

    personally I would have said know figuring that they intended to shoot me and the child as soon as I opened the door for them.

    • She should never have brought her child into those offices.

      • Exile1981

        nope, very dumb; especially when you know your place of work is on a hit list.

  • Grinningbear

    Which is paramount ? your child’s life, your life, or the lives of your co-workers ? I am amazed that she wasn’t executed as soon as she granted the shooters entry… Ugly event regardless how you interpret it.

  • Freedom

    Who knows what one will do under a life or death circumstance, I pray to God I would make the most honorable choice.

    This is the story of my Hero’s

    Fabrizio Quattrocchi (9 May 1968 –
    14 April 2004) was an Italian security officer taken hostage by Islamist militants in Iraq, notable for his defiance of captors shortly
    before being killed. He was born in Catania,
    Sicily but grew up in Genoa

    He was taken hostage together with Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio.
    They worked in Iraq as security contractors. Quattrocchi’s kidnappers forced him to
    dig his own grave and kneel beside it wearing a hood as they prepared to film
    his death, but he defied them by trying to pull off the hood and shouting
    “Vi faccio vedere come muore un Italiano!” – “I’ll show
    you how an Italian dies!” He was then shot in the back of the neck.

    Cupertino, Agliana
    and Stefio would later be freed in a bloodless raid by U.S. troops


    On 20 March 2006, Quattrocchi was posthumously honored by the Italian president with the
    Gold Medal for Civil ValorFor the Gold Medal for Civil Valor to be awarded, one
    act of specific Valor is necessary, and that phrase, “vi faccio vedere
    come muore un italiano!” — “I’ll show you how an Italian
    dies!” was considered to be of high significance, despite the unclear
    circumstances of Quattrocchi’s presence in Iraq.