A group of survivors and families of victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris has filed a lawsuit against the French state over its response during the police operation that night.
The group which includes 17 victims and families of victims wants to know why eight soldiers from the “Sentinelle” anti-terror patrols armed with assault rifles, who were outside the concert hall while the massacre was taking place inside, were told by their superiors not to intervene.
According to La Parisien, police officers present at the time asked the soldiers to lend them their weapons but stuck to army protocol and refused to hand them over.
Late morning, 7 January 2015
When you’re not expecting it, how long does it take to understand that death is coming? It’s not just imagination that is bypassed by reality, it’s your very senses. I heard dry little noises, nothing like the reverberating detonations in movies, mere firecrackers, echo-less squibs. For a moment, I thought it might have been kids messing about.
As France prepares to commemorate the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack, FRANCE 24 visited the Parisian neighbourhood where the shootings took place to ask locals if they still stand by, “Je suis Charlie.”
The defaced portrait of Tignous, one of the artists killed in the Charlie Hebdo Muslim terrorist attack.
French police are investigating death threats against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo over a cartoon of Oxford scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is facing rape allegations.
The provocative magazine, which suffered a deadly jihadist attack in January 2015 after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, depicted Ramadan its edition last Wednesday in an explicit pose, with the caption: “I am the sixth pillar of Islam.”
The five pillars of Islam are the five basic practices obligatory for believers: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Rough Translation – God exists! He drowned the Texas Neo-Nazis.
Twitter reaction is all over the place.
Let’s not forget that they mocked Islam again after the Barcelona attack.
An Islamic State militant linked to the deadly 2015 attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo could be still be alive, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.
Boubaker el-Hakim was reported by American defense officials to have been killed in November, in a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.
Iraqi intelligence supplied information to the Syrian airforce to carry out a series of strikes on Islamic State headquarters and hideouts in Syria, including one believed to belong to el-Hakim, an Iraqi military statement said.
“…The “yes, but” attitude was on full display after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Pope Francis called the magazine “provocateurs” and suggested that it got what it deserved. A “reaction could have been expected,” he said, adding that “[y]ou cannot insult the faith of others.”
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, author of the Doonesbury comic strip, chastised Charlie Hebdo for “punching downward” at a “powerless, disenfranchised minority,” and he blamed the magazine for violence that broke out across Europe.“
Charlie Hebdo Offices – site of massacre by Muslims
Zineb El Rhazoui claims weekly hit by Paris attacks is bowing to Islamic extremists and no longer daring to draw Muhammad
One of Charlie Hebdo’s most outspoken journalists has said she is leaving the French satirical magazine because it has gone soft on Islamic extremism.
Zineb El Rhazoui accused the weekly of bowing to Islamic extremists and no longer daring to draw the prophet Muhammad.
Her parting shot comes on the eve of the second anniversary of the jihadi massacre in Paris that almost wiped out the magazine’s staff. “Charlie Hebdo died on 7 January ,” the day the gunmen attacked the magazine, killing 12 people, Rhazoui told Agence France-Presse.
Over twenty years, fear has already devoured important pieces of Western culture and journalism. They all disappeared in a ghastly act of self-censorship: the cartoons of a Danish newspaper, a “South Park” episode, paintings in London’s Tate Gallery, a book published by the Yale University Press; Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Dutch film “Submission”, the name and face of the US cartoonist Molly Norris, a book cover by Art Spiegelman and Sherry Jones’s novel, “Jewel of Medina”, to name just a few. Most of them have become ghosts living in hiding, hidden in some country house, or retired to private life, victims of an understandable but tragic self-censorship.
Only the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was missing from this sad, long list. Until now.
Charlie Hebdo continues quite deliberately to appall, the very crime that brought slaughter to its editorial floor. Surviving staffers are lucky quake-shaken Italians are a more sanguine lot, just as we all are blessed that the light of its brilliant cruelty yet burns
Commenting on the decision to ban burkas from beaches in Cannes, the latest issue depicts a man and woman with a traditional beard and hijab running naked on the beach with the caption “The reform of Islam: Muslims loosen up”.
The new cover of Charlie Hebdo, which hit newsstands in France this morning, comments on last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. The first edition of the satirical weekly to come out since terrorists killed thirty-five people and injured 300 features a caricature of Belgian pop star Stromae surrounded by floating severed limbs.
Police in Bruges have detained a man after he issued threats at a local supermarket. The 36-year-old Tunisian involved is said to have become “radicalised” in the tourist Mecca (that’s an interesting way to put it – ed).
The suspect was upset because the supermarket in the district of Assebroek continued to stock the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was the target of an attack by Muslim extremists in January last year.
Last week the Tunisian caused problems at a Bruges supermarket when he glorified the attacks and shouted at the cashier threatening to set the supermarket alight.
Islam is incompatible with freedom.