Charlie Hebdo

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Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) is a French satirical political weekly newspaper, successor of Hara-Kiri, created in 1960. Its editor is currently Philippe Val. It has a strongly left-wing and anarchist slant. The magazine is respected as being nonconformist and liberal, and remains symbolic of the press having a certain freedom of tone. See also Le Canard enchaîné.

In the new Charlie Hebdo, Val, Gébé and Cabu hold all the responsibilities. Val serves as editor and Gébé as artistic director. Under Val's direction, the journal carries a leftist view. It is felt that the current publication does not have continuity or stability, and several collaborators have left the newspaper.

It is published every Wednesday and sometimes issues a few editions variably.

History

In 1960, Georges Bernier, and François Cavanna launched a monthly magazine entitled Hara-Kiri. Choron acted as the director of publication and Cavanna as its editor. Eventually Cavanna gathered together a team which included Roland Topor, Fred Othon Aristidès, Jean-Marc Reiser, Georges Wolinski, Georges "Gébé" Blondeaux, and Jean "Cabu" Cabut. After an early reader's letter accused them of being "dumb and nasty" ("bête et méchant"), the phrase became an official slogan for the magazine and made it into everyday language in France.

The publication was banned in 1961, but reappeared in 1966. Certain collaborators did not return along with the newspaper, such as Gébé,......
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