The first striking thing on the front
cover is its loss of “Journal
Irresponsable” underneath its main Charlie
Hebdo title. Is the weekly magazine becoming responsible?
According to the blood-red front
cover, it doesn’t look like it. Cartoonist Luz
has got a dog (“irresponsible and
submitted” – ask Luz, he said it
before adding “Charlie Hebdo is
irresponsible, those behind are submitted”) escaping a crowd with its Charlie Hebdo in its mouth. And what a
crowd! Front National’s Marine Le Pen and Nicolas Sarkozy at the forefront of the march and a horde of “hors la loi” (outlaws) somehow representing
the population and dogmas of France. Or, let’s put it right: those that France
can live without!
If you wonder about the BFM mike... while people were hiding in
the small supermarket on the 9 January high jacked by one of the terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, TV station revealed on-air
about the hiding. Coulibaly who was
listening to the news had just missed it thankfully.
Six weeks on hold. The team had
to readjust from the carnage that happened on the 7 January and their last
issue published on the 14 Jan. Sort of... How do you readjust in such a short
time? Riss is now replacing Charb as the director of publication. Riss was also hit by a bullet that went
through his right shoulder and was lying down next to Charb. When Riss is not
spending time at hospital, he is at Charlie
Hebdo on constant high protection due to a fatwa against him. But, as he
says, life goes on and this is what the front cover new issue is all about:
criticising the bullshitters! Two cartoonists have joined the team: the
Algerian Dilem and Pétillon from the Canard Enchaîné. So, what’s inside the issue? Dominique Strauss-Khan trial, an interview with Yanis Varoufakis, the killing in Copenhagen,
five teens held after vandalising over 300 Jewish tombs in Alsace, etc.
2, 5 millions copies are being
Merde à l’équipe. Oops, excuse my
Charlie Hebdo is back to its weekly outings, business as usual! Et
vogue le navire...