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Car­toons are reprinted as Char­lie Hebdo trial be­gins

- Mail For­eign Ser­vice

CHAR­LIE Hebdo has reprinted the car­i­ca­tures of the Prophet Mo­hammed that led gun­men to at­tack its Paris of­fice.

The Jan­uary 2015 mas­sacre at the satir­i­cal news­pa­per – and at a su­per­mar­ket – touched off a wave of killings across Europe by ji­hadis. Seven­teen peo­ple died – 12 of them at the Hebdo edi­to­rial of­fices.

Thir­teen men and a wo­man ac­cused of pro­vid­ing the at­tack­ers with weapons and lo­gis­tics will go on trial in France to­day.

In an edi­to­rial ac­com­pa­ny­ing the car­i­ca­tures, Hebdo said the draw­ings ‘be­long to his­tory, and his­tory can­not be rewrit­ten nor erased’.

Lau­rent Souris­seau, one of the few to have sur­vived the at­tack, said: ‘We will never lie down. We will never give up.’

Broth­ers Cherif and Said Kouachi cried out ‘We have avenged the Prophet’ after their sav­age as­sault on the Hebdo head­quar­ters.

Two days later Am­edy Coulibaly stormed a kosher su­per­mar­ket in Paris killing four hostages while claim­ing al­le­giance to Is­lamic State.

All three at­tack­ers died in near-si­mul­ta­ne­ous po­lice raids. Coulibaly also killed a young po­lice­woman.

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