Charlie Hebdo: France mourns four of its best known cartoonists

Following an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, France is mourning the deaths of four of its most high-profile cartoonists - Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Stephane Charbonnier, and Bernard Verlhac (above from L-R).

Since taking charge of the left-wing weekly in 2009, Stephane Charbonnier - who goes by the nom-de-guerre "Charb" - has courted controversy for his stubborn refusal to bow to critics.

The magazine has frequently published depictions of Muhammad as well as other lewd cartoons of religious figures. In 2011 Charlie Hebdo's offices were fire-bombed in response to the cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Charbonnier has often been the focus of death threats and was even on Al-Qaeda's most wanted list in 2013.

A drawing has never killed anyone.

  • Stephane Charbonnier, 2012
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