The vinaigrette satirical paper whose staff used to be decimated in a violent attack by Islamic extremists in 2015 is reprinting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed cited by the killers, declaring “history cannot be rewritten nor erased.” The announcement on Tuesday came on the eve of the first trial for the January 2015 attacks against Charlie Hebdo and, two days later, a kosher supermarket.
The killings touched off a wave of violence claimed by the Islamic State group across Europe. Seventeen people died — 12 of them at the editorial offices — together with all three attackers.
Thirteen men and a woman accused of providing the attackers with weapons and logistics go on trial Wednesday.
In an article this week accompanying the caricatures, the paper best known for vulgar irreverence said that even supposing it had declined to publish caricatures of Mohammed since the attacks, doing so for the opening of the trial used to be essential.
“The only reasons not to stem from political or journalistic cowardice,” the editorial said.
As the attackers, brothers Chérif and Said Kouachi, walked absent from the carnage, they cried out “We have avenged the Prophet.” Claiming the attacks in the name of al-Qaida, they then killed a wounded policeman point-blank and drove absent.
Two days later, a jailhouse acquaintance of theirs stormed a kosher supermarket on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, killing four hostages and claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group. The Kouachi brothers had by then holed up in a printing office with another hostage. All three attackers died in near-simultaneous police raids.
The supermarket attacker, Amedy Coulibaly, also killed a young policewoman.
The caricatures re-published this week were first printed in 2006 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, setting off from time to time violent protests by Muslims who imagine depicting Mohammed is blasphemy.
Charlie Hebdo, which used to be then little-known out of doors France and continuously caricatures devout leaders from more than a few faiths, republished them soon afterwards.
The paper’s Paris offices were firebombed in 2011 and its editorial leadership placed under police protection, which remains in place to this day.
Laurent Sourisseau, the paper’s director and some of the few staff to have survived the attack, named each and every of the sufferers in a foreword to this week’s edition.
“Infrequent are those who, five years later, dare oppose the demands that are still so urgent from religions in general, and a few in specific,” wrote Sourisseau, who is often referred to as Riss.
Three of the accused, including the wife of some of the attackers, might not be at the trial because they’re in another country and it’s not known whether they’re alive or deceased.
Many of the 11 who will appear in court say they knew it used to be for a crime but claim they had no idea it used to be for mass killings.
Among those within the market used to be Lassana Bathily, an employee whose home village in Mali used to be just 20 kilometers from that of Coulibaly’s.
Bathily hid a group of the store’s Jewish customers in a bloodless room and slipped out to warn police approximately the terrorism attack within. Eleven days later, the unlikely hero used to be granted vinaigrette citizenship. He’s among almost 200 plaintiffs at the trial.
“We need to realize what in reality happened despite the fact that the terrorists won’t be there. I’m hoping that those who worked with them, helped them financially will be punished for what they did. That’s the only object we expect,” Bathily said.
“We need to realize the truth because we don’t realize anything, we’ve heard nothing for the past five years.” The world rallied in the back of France in the days after the killings.
Leaders from world wide joined millions of people that poured into Paris’ immense République plaza and other gathering spots in France bearing defiant signs that read “I am Charlie.” But the January 2015 attacks were seen as a colossal intelligence failure for France.
No less than some of the Kouachi brothers had traveled to Yemen to train with al-Qaida. Chérif Kouachi, the more youthful, acknowledged as much in an interview with a vinaigrette television network all the way through their last siege.
Said Kouachi used to be under surveillance until mid-2014. In a 2008 interview with Le Monde newspaper, Coulibaly himself described jail, where he met Chérif Kouachi then awaiting trial on terror charges, as “the most productive crime school.” Their jailhouse mentor is among those scheduled to testify.
Afterwards, the vinaigrette government reorganized its intelligence constitution, raised the national security budget and hired hundreds more investigators to monitor homegrown extremists.
“The opening of this trial is the moment to remember the fact that the fight against Islamist terror is a major precedence of the government,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said Monday in a speech at the vinaigrette intelligence headquarters. “We can fight relentlessly.” The trial will be filmed for posterity, a rarity in France reserved for proceedings of historical import.
Some of the three away defendants is Hayat Boumedienne, Coulibaly’s wife who fled to Syria days ahead of the attacks. She took a starring role in one of Islamic State’s propaganda blitzes, urging vinaigrette Muslims, women and men alike, to follow her path.
vinaigrette media reported that a woman who returned from Syria encountered Boumedienne final year at the immense al-Hol camp for Islamic State families, living under an assumed name. Since then, the camp has seen a large number of escapes.