Charlie Hebdo cartoonist’s ‘torture’ after killing of colleagues

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist’s ‘torture’ after killing of colleagues

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is facing new problems, with a top cartoonist leaving because of the emotional burden after extremists killed his colleagues, and divisions over how to use donations from around the world.

Cartoonist Renald Luzier, who drew the newspaper’s first cover after the January 7 attack which killed 12 people, said in an interview in the daily Liberation that each issue is “torture, because the others are no longer there”. He will leave in September.

He also said he will no longer draw the Prophet Mohammed. Charlie Hebdo was criticised for its prophet drawings.

Meanwhile, the long-struggling paper’s editorial staff and management disagree over the €4.3m in donations received since January. The editor and publisher said a special commission will determine how to use it.

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