The Provocative History of the French Weekly Newspaper

January 7, 2015 2:33 PM

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The motivation behind the attack that has left at least 12 people dead at the office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hedbo on Wednesday appears to be its long history of mocking religions, in particular Islam. Some witnesses said the gunmen said they were defending Mohammed as they opened fire.

The most recent tweet from the publication featured a cartoon of the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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