Charlie Hebdo reprints incendiary cartoons

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PARISFrench newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday reposted a group of cartoons insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad a day before the start of a trial over the January 2015 terrorist attacks in the capital Paris.

The cover also featured controversial cartoons depicting Muhammad, first published by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005 and reprinted by Charlie Hebdo in 2006.

“All that, just for that,” read the headline of the weekly’s front page.

The magazine argued that it was important to publish the cartoons before the trial began.

Suspects of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, a series of bomb and gun attacks that shocked France and the world, are to be tried from Wednesday.

On January 7, 2015, two gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices, killing 12 staff and guests, as well as a police officer outside.

On January 9, an armed man took several people hostage in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, killing four people.

Fourteen defendants will be tried and if found guilty they face 10 years in life imprisonment.

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