Friday, 9 January 2015

Obituary: The 12 French Islamist attack victims

So far non of the media writes 
“as it really is” in clear letters 

Islamist attack and 
Islamist victims! 

We do, because thats what it is. 
Not to write or say this is “false 
empathy” towards the victims 
and their families. 
Shame on the media who to try 
to avoid the fact, and shame 
on the politicians who speak 
much but do absolutely nothing 

to resolve this matter.
Here the victims:

Stephane Charbonnier, editor
Stephane Charbonnier. Photo: September 2012
"Charb" was 47. He had received death threats in the past and had been under police protection.
A stout defender of the left-wing magazine's provocative approach, he refused to bow to critics. 
"I don't have kids, no wife, no car, no debt," he once told France's Le Monde newspaper. "Maybe it's a little pompous to say, but I'd rather die standing than live on my knees."
Charlie Hebdo cover19 Sep 2012 issue: An Orthodox Jew pushes an old Muslim in a wheelchair, both shouting “You mustn’t make fun!”
After Charlie Hebdo's office was fire-bombed in 2011 in response to cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad, he said in a BBC interviewthat the attack had targeted freedom itself but he blamed "idiot extremists" who, he said, did not represent France's Muslim population.
Charlie Hebdo was right, he said, to defy Islamists and "make their lives difficult, as much as they do ours". 
Jean Cabut, cartoonist
Jean Cabut. Photo: March 2006
At 76, "Cabu" was one of France's most popular cartoonists over a career spanning six decades.
Born in Chalons-sur-Marne, he studied at the Ecole Estienne in Paris and had his sketches first published in the 1950s. 
Serving in the French military during the Algerian war of independence, he drew cartoons for the army magazine Bled and other publications.
In 1960, he co-founded Hara-Kiri magazine, a forerunner of Charlie Hebdo.
His popular characters included the Grand Duduche, a skinny, blond schoolboy bearing some resemblance to the cartoonist himself, and Mon Beauf, a caricature of the French everyman.
In his words: "Sometimes laughter can hurt but laughter, humour and mockery are our only weapons."
Georges Wolinski, cartoonist
George Wolinski with one of his drawings. Photo: May 2008
The 80-year-old was known as "Wolin" to his friends, Le Monde writes (in French).
He was born in Tunisia to Jewish parents. His father was murdered in 1936, and Georges - though only a toddler at the time - was later quoted as saying, "The ghost of my father has haunted me all my life."
He moved to France in the 1940s to study architecture but later became obsessed with drawing cartoons.
In the 1960s he started contributing works - often on political and erotic themes - to Hara-Kiri and other publications.
In 2005, he was awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour.
After news of her father's murder, Wolinski's daughter Elsa wrote on social media, "Daddy's gone. Not Wolinski", posting a photo of his empty desk.
He was a famous dandy and bon vivant, according to Le Parisien (in French).
Mistrusting all religions, he once said, "paradise is full of idiots who believe it exists".
Bernard Verlhac, cartoonist
Bernard Verlhac. Photo: September 2010Tignous reportedly sent his last drawing the night before he was killed
"Tignous", 57, also contributed to the Marianne and Fluide Glacial magazines.
A member of a group of artists called Cartoonists for Peace, his work was famous for its savage attacks on hypocrisy.
One memorable cartoon, according to Le Monde, featured a wealthy man asking, "At a time when we all risk dying of bird flu, you obsess over my exorbitant salary?" 
On the night before his death, he sent his last drawing, an apparent caricature of French President Francois Hollande with New Year wishes, to Presse Judiciaire, an association of French reporters covering court cases. 
Philippe Honore, cartoonist
Philippe Honore. Photo: April 2010
Honore, as the 73-year-old was known, was a regular contributor to Charlie Hebdo, campaigning against injustice and cynicism.
His cartoons also appeared in several other publications in France.
The gentleness and kindness of the "bearded giant" were legendary among his colleagues, according to France's Paris Match (in French)
Bernard Maris, economist
Bernard Maris. Photo: 2002
The 68-year-old had a weekly column in Charlie Hebdo called Uncle Bernard. 
He regularly commented on economic issues for the France Inter radio network and taught economics at a branch of the University of Paris.
Maris was also a member of the General Council of the Bank of France.
"Bernard Maris was a man of heart, of culture and of great tolerance,'' said Christian Noyer, the bank's president "We will miss him very much."
But he was equally a man of the left, a devotee of Marx and Keynes who railed at the euro and consumer society, Le Monde writes. He felt passionately about the "death of the Left" in France.
Madame Figaro tweet
Elsa Cayat, psychoanalyst and columnist
The only woman among the 12 victims, the 54-year-old wrote the magazine's Charlie Divan (English: Charlie's couch) column.
Her column wandered from subjects such as parental authority to the roots of the Holocaust, Madame Figaro writes (in French)
A trained psychiatrist, she had a vast number of patients, attracting intellectuals with her listening skills and analytical powers, according to her aunt, Jacqueline Raul-Duval.
One of her long-time patients, who gave her name only as Valerie, wrote an affectionate tribute on Facebook in which she says, "I think of her husband, her adolescent daughter, her big padding dog, her patients whom she is leaving without their mirror, her family, her friends."
Her cousin, Sophie Bramly, said she feared she had been killed for being Jewish.
Mustapha Ourrad, copy editor
Mustapha Ourrad, photo courtesy of Raymond Macherel
Born in Algeria, he always identified with that country's Kabylia region, Le Monde writes. Arriving in France at the age of 20, he long worked for Viva magazine. 
A self-taught man, he nonetheless impressed colleagues with his learning and knowledge of philosophy, particularly Nietzsche.
Friends said they were devastated by the loss of a "well-loved man".
Michel Renaud, visitor
Michel Renaud
Associated closely with the biennial Carnet de Voyage festival in his home city, Clermont-Ferrand, Mr Renaud was visiting the office with a colleague who survived the shooting.
Those he worked with at the festival are "in mourning", according to a statement on its website
Carnet de Voyage festival website
Frederic Boisseau, caretaker
The 42-year-old was in the reception area when the gunmen entered the building, Le Monde writes.
Married, he was the father of two children.
His employer, Sodexo, said in a statement that "such a terrible loss of life" was "unconscionable". 
Ahmed Merabet, policeman
Arriving at the scene of the attack, the 42-year-old opened fire on the gunmen but was injured in the exchange, Le Figaro writes.
Then, as he lay on the ground, a gunman shot him in the head from close range, in an act captured on amateur video.
He was a Muslim - a fact picked up by bloggers seeking to defend the community against "terrorist" slurs.
The hash tag #JeSuisAhmed (I am Ahmed) is being circulated on social media in his memory. "In your memory we won't allow people hurt and insult your Muslim community because of this terrorist act. You're a hero," wrote one tweeter.
He had just been promoted to the Judicial Police. Police union rep Rocco Contento described Mr Merabet as "someone very discreet and conscientious". 
Brigadier Franck Brinsolaro, police bodyguard
The 49-year-old was assigned to protect Charb after he received death threats. He was married, with two children.
He had no chance to act before he was shot by the attackers, a police colleague was quoted as saying by Le Figaro.
His brother, fellow policeman Philippe Brinsolaro, paid tribute: "We mustn't forget that what happened yesterday, whatever may happen next - a police officer, whenever it's needed, will put him or herself in harm's way when the security of the country is at stake. And today I want to pay tribute to all of my colleagues, to all those who get up every day to do a difficult job."