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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Asterix returns to pay tribute to the Charlie Hebdo victims

Albert Uderzo  

The 87-year-old cartoonist behind the classic Asterix cartoon has come out of retirement specifically to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

Albert Uderzo created two images, one with the Gallic hero uppercutting an enemy while shouting "Moi aussi je suis Charlie" - "I too am a Charlie".

Albert Uderzo's tribute shows Asterix declare: 'Moi aussi je suis un Charlie' - 'I too am a Charlie'    

In the other Asterix appears bowed in respect alongside his sidekick Obelix while their pet, Dogmatix, looks over his shoulder forlornly.

Uderzo told French newspaper La Figaro: "I simply want to express my affection for those designers who have paid with their lives.

The cartoonist brought back the characters he co-created and drew an image of Asterix and Obelix bowing their heads in grief

"Young designers are on hand now and I wish them courage. They keep in mind this terrible thing came to their colleagues that no one could expect.
'Extremist': London-based editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr suggests framing the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, pictured above, as a 'clash of extremist fringes'

In all 20 people were killed in a four-day rampage by three gunmen with links to Al-Qaeda.
Four of the dead were cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, who died when two men stormed their headquarters on Tuesday.


French media reported that 'At the age of 87, Uderzo takes his pen for #CharlieHebdo' on Twitter

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