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Surviving Charlie Hebdo cartoonist pledges not to give in to 'gang of killers'

January 21st, 2015
02:12 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Just two weeks after an attack that left him wounded and his colleagues dead, one of the survivors of the Charlie Hebdo massacre talked to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Laurent Sourisseau, who goes by the name Riss and is now head of publication for the magazine, recounted what it was like to witness and survive the massacre on January 7, which left 12 dead.

“I was in the room where the killers burst into the room, opened the door. They appeared with submachine guns and a colleague who was in front of me was in front of him. As soon as I saw this scene, they started to shoot,” he told Amanpour.

“Then I lay down on the floor with my face on the ground. And then I just heard the sounds of gunfire. I could just hear the gunfire. I didn't even hear any shouting, any screaming. All I could hear was the gunfire and I had my face to the ground. At one time I heard - felt something in my shoulder and that's how it happened.”


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Paris Mayor: We have to work on inequality

January 21st, 2015
11:19 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Paris needs to tackle inequality, city mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, almost two weeks after the worst terrorist attacks in a generation shook France.

“The youth of today, they need to have possibilities and we have to think about this. Paris is a city where there are inequalities but where we are working to manage them. We have to work on this seriously.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that the country must address what has become "a geographic, social, ethnic apartheid.”

“Valls used very strong words,” Hildalgo said, “but it's true that there are a set number of towns, a set number of estates which are in a very precarious situation.”


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Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News

January 20th, 2015
12:24 PM ET

By Gregory Wallace and Brian Stelter, CNN

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed "no go" zones for non-Muslims.

She said the channel "insulted" her city.


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Differing Muslim opinions on Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cover

January 14th, 2015
05:41 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

As Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since last week’s Paris attacks hit the newsstands in epic proportions, Muslims have reacted to the satirical magazine’s latest edition, which once again depicts the Prophet Mohammed on the cover.

The survivors issue features a teary Prophet declaring “All is forgiven” while holding a banner of the now-famous slogan “Je suis Charlie”. It sold out in France within hours.

“I think Charlie Hebdo could have put something else on the first cover, for example to condemn terrorism and to say that Islam had nothing to do with what happened one week ago,” Madjid Messaoudene, a City council member from the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, which has a significant Muslim population, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Madjid knew Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, and economist and journalist Bernard Maris. They were both killed along with 10 other people when gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked the publication’s headquarters a week ago.

He is of the opinion “that drawing the Prophet would offend, would insult millions, thousands of Muslims all over the world.”


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Nearly killed for satire, Syrian cartoonist stands proud

January 14th, 2015
02:59 PM ET

Ali Ferzat was severely beaten by the Assad Regime for his cartoons in 2011. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, he says the pen is clearly mightier than any weapon.

“They grabbed my fingers and they started breaking them one by one so to teach me a lesson for insulting the president.”

“Those cartoonists did not carry a gun or a weapon. They only carried a pen. Just like I did. It appears that the pen is mightier than any weapon.”

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EU needs passenger registry like U.S. implemented post-9/11, says EU anti-terror chief

January 13th, 2015
06:29 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The European Union needs to enact legislation that allows authorities to keep a database of all travelers, similar to a law implemented in the U.S. after the September 11th attacks, the EU’s Counter-Terror Coordinator told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Gilles de Kerchove’s comments came in response to questioning by Amanpour about Hayat Boumediene, the partner of alleged Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly, who was reportedly able to go to Turkey via Madrid before crossing into Syria on Thursday.

“I would say because we are missing one instrument and that’s at the core of the discussion in Paris, we really need to do what the Americans have done after 9/11, to set what they call a Passenger Name Record, PNR, which is one of the few tools which allows the police to detect suspicious travel when their services have not been able based on intelligence to detect that someone was planning to go abroad for the jihad.”

The U.S.-style law would make it mandatory for airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the union.


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Jews belong in France, says French Prime Minister

January 13th, 2015
02:52 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As French Jews contemplate leaving the country in the wake of last week's Paris attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has sought to reassure the sizable population in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"Without the Jews, France is no longer France. It’s the oldest community. They have been French citizens since the French revolution," he said.

"We need to reassure them and we must combat this new kind of anti-Semitism with resolve. But the position of Jews in France is to be in France. For me, I’m absolutely convinced about it, and I shall fight to the very end. I am married to a musician who is Jewish."

Four French Jews who were murdered in a Kosher Paris market last Wednesday were buried in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Mourners included thousands of Israelis, and Israel’s Prime Minister and President.

"This is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel," President Reuven Rivlin said.


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French PM: ‘The threat is still there’

January 12th, 2015
05:28 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday that the threat is still present after last week’s terror attacks in Paris left 17 people dead.

Valls said “the enquiry is only beginning and we need to go fast and I want to say, as the President of the Republic has said to France, the threat is still there and we have to be very careful that there is no reaction to what has happened.”

The warning came a day after more than one million people flooded Paris' Place de la République in a an unprecedented show of solidarity and defiance. Nearly four million people marched throughout the country, making it the largest mobilization in France’s history.

The world is still learning the details of last week’s shootings, in which gunmen claiming they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed attacked the staff of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher supermarket.


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Rector of Great Mosque of Paris calls for ‘political Islam’ to be abandoned

January 12th, 2015
02:49 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Islam must be a religion, not a political agenda, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Paris on Monday, calling for reform in the training of imams.

“Today we want to appeal for a change in religious thinking in Islam – that we abandon political Islam, that we should not turn it into a policy but to keep it as a religion, a religion which doesn’t ask people to kill anyone nor to carry out anti-Semitic acts, or anything political,” Dalil Boubakeur said through a translator.

More than anytime in recent memory, France and French Muslims are trying to grapple with what Islam means for the country.

Last week, a terror attack by gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” left 17 people dead at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Kosher supermarket.

“Islam is a religion of peace, a religion of tolerance, a religion which people can live together in which people can be brought up in accordance with the ethics and morals of democracy and it should be an example of humanism.”


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International cooperation on terrorism must get stronger, says French Foreign Minister

January 8th, 2015
07:01 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

International cooperation on terrorism must get stronger, French Foreign Minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday on the heels of the attack on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Laurent Fabius said that the country has been under threat and “we have stopped a number of attacks already, but unfortunately we cannot undermine 100 percent of attacks in all cells [and] as a consequence the international work of cooperation must be stronger and stronger.”

“We have known for a long time that not only in France but throughout the countries of Europe, United States, England, all the countries of the world are threatened. What we really have to understand is that these terrorists, whether they be nationals of the countries or foreign, that this is a world threat.”

French President François Hollande declared Thursday a day of mourning following the attack on the satirical weekly's headquarters, which left twelve dead and eleven injured. A major manhunt is underway for the gunmen, who said they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed.


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