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Charlie Hebdo writers once spearheaded effort to ban an entire political party

The Charlie Hebdo writers and artists that were murdered are clearly victims of Sunni Jihadist terror. They had shown a lot of courage in standing up to threats from Muslim radicals. The office of Charlie Hebdo had already been bombed by Muslims once before. However, they are not the freedom of speech martyrs the media is claiming. They only wanted the the freedom of speech to criticize religion.

Charlie Hebdo was leading the fight against freedom of speech in other areas.

On 26 April 1996, François Cavanna, Stéphane Charbonnier and Philippe Val filed 173,704 signatures, obtained in 8 months, with the aim of banning the political party Front National. They claimed the parties contravened articles 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

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Stéphane Charbonnier was the current editor of Charlie Hebdo and was murdered in the Jihadist attack.

Philippe Val is the former editor, and the man who fired artist Maurice Sinet for “anti-Semitism” in 2009. Sinet made a cartoon that jokingly claimed that Jean Sarkozy, who was marrying a wealth Jewish heiress, would be more successful in life if he formerly converted to Judaism. Sinet was prosecuted for speech crimes, and Val fired him from Chairle Hebdo magazine.

François Cavanna is the founder of Charlie Hebdo magazine and the original editor.

The Front National came in first place in the 2014 EU elections.


“I am not Charlie,” the former leader of the French far-right Front National (FN) party Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Saturday, referring to the popular phrase and hashtag currently trending on social media in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Le Pen lamented the deaths of 12 “compatriots” that took place during the attack on Wednesday, but slammed a rally slated to be held in memory of it’s victims on Sunday as being “orchestrated by the media”, Le Figaro news site reported. The FN was not invited to the rally, which a number of world leaders are expected to attend.

“Today, everyone is saying: ‘We are all Charlie, I am Charlie.’ Well, I’m sorry, but I’m not Charlie,” Le Pen said. “I am touched by the deaths of 12 French compatriots whose political identity I don’t even want to know – although I know it well enough already. These were the enemies of the FN who only recently demanded the party’s dissolution.”

The FN was not invited to the Charlie Hebdo solidarity march in Paris, which was organized by French President Francois Hollande and opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy.