A huge manhunt is still under way in Paris after masked and hooded gunmen armed with a rocket-launcher stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen – before escaping in a car. The attack happened after the magazine’s staff had gathered for their weekly editorial meeting. Five of the victims have been named, including four Charlie Hebdo journalists: editor and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier, and Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac. Bernard Maris, an economist and writer who contributed to the magazine, was also killed. The attack comes amid mounting tension about immigration in France and what many non-Muslim French see as rising Islamic influence in society. Charlie Hebdo’s cover story this week featured Michel Houellebecq, the controversial author whose latest book Soumission, or Submission, portrays France in 2022 run by a Muslim president.
Freedom of speech. Je suis, Charlie. (Illustration, Twitter @jean_jullien; via The Guardian)