Charlie Hebdo attack


How the Kouachi brothers fell through the cracks

Both French and American authorities are facing serious questions over the failure to prevent this week's Paris siege. The answers may be matters of intelligence and diplomacy — but they could also come down to simple matters of time and money.


France reels after the Charlie Hebdo attack kills 12

Neither the occurrence of a terrorist attack nor the deaths of people who were widely loved was easy for France to bear on Wednesday. But as people gather in French cities to mourn, there are hopes that the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper will help spark a conversation about radicalism in France.


I grew up with Charlie Hebdo — long live Charlie Hebdo

Growing up in France, I remember my older brothers guffawing behind Charlie Hebdo's pages of vivid cartoons. Many French people may have disliked Charlie Hebdo’s approach — I was not always a fan myself — but its output embodied freedom of speech and freedom of the press. I hope it can find a way forward in spite of this atrocious attack.


'Oh, you know, nobody wants to kill caricaturists like us'


French publisher Arash Derambarsh was just a boy when he first watched cartoonist Jean "Cabu" Cabut on a popular French kids show. As an adult, he went on to publish Cabu's work and that of many of the cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo, including editor-in-chief Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier.



Where did the Paris attackers get their guns?

The attacks in Paris last week were carried out with automatic weapons, including a variant of the AK47. These kinds of weapons are very difficult to obtain legally anywhere in the European Union, which has led many to wonder where the accused attackers got their weapons.