Al-Qaeda in its publication One Ummah warned that Charlie Hebdo would be wrong if it thought the 2015 attack was “one-off,” after the magazine published the “despicable cartoons” in a provocative issue that marked the beginning of the trial in Paris of the alleged accomplices of the attack.
The comments came in an English edition of the Al Qaeda publication that purported to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by the terrorist network.
He said he had the “same message” for France from President Emmanuel Macron as for his predecessor François Hollande who was president at the time of the 2015 attacks.
He said France under Macron “had given the green light” to the republication of the cartoons.
Twelve people, including some of France’s most famous cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi embarked on a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, whose no-holds-barred style, including the publication of caricatures of the prophet, had divided the country.
The trial, which began on September 2 and is expected to run until November, sees 14 suspected accomplices face justice, though all of the perpetrators have been killed in the attacks.
He had reopened one of the post-painful chapters in modern French history which heralded a series of jihadist attacks on its territory which left more than 250 dead.
Charlie Hebdo director Laurent Sourisseau, known as “Riss” and himself seriously injured in the shoulder during the attack, told the court this week that there was nothing to regret posting the cartoons.
“What I regret is how few people are fighting to defend freedom. If we don’t fight for our freedom, we live like a slave and we promote a deadly ideology, ”he said.
Charlie Hebdo’s republication of the cartoons drew further condemnation from states such as Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.
But Sourisseau, who now lives in 24-hour protection, said he had to repost them.
“If we had given up the right to publish these cartoons, that would mean we were wrong to do so,” he said.