While many responded to last week’s Paris attacks with a moment of silence, a hashtag or by overlaying their Facebook profile picture with the French flag, French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, who suffered their own terrorist attack this past January, responded the only way they know how: with a daring, indelible cartoon.
Though the issue does not hit stands until next week, columnist Mathieu Madenian teased the cover via twitter. It features a carefree character who, despite being riddled by bullet holes, still guzzles champagne with abandon… even as the bubbly liquid escapes from his wounds.
— Mathieu Madénian (@mathieumadenian) November 17, 2015
Translated, the headline reads: “They have arms. Fuck Them. We have the champagne!”
And while the terrorists responsible for last week’s attacks are unlikely to take notice of our Facebook profile pictures, it’s entirely likely that they’ll take notice of this. After all, it was a cartoon (of Muhammad) that incited the attack on the publication’s office on January 7th, resulting in 12 casualties and spurring the global “Je Suis Charlie” movement.
I can already envision the divisive reactions to this image popping up on my newsfeed, but regardless of whether Charlie Hebdo’s daring cover is to your taste, it’s these acts of rebellion (which, incidentally, are done via pen and not sword) that show the world Paris is unafraid and its spirit cannot be broken.