French authorities immediately launched an investigation into the “attempted murder”. Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced he is convening a crisis cell at the French Interior Ministry, and Paris police have cordoned off the area in the eastern part of the city. Paris authorities have announced that children in nearby schools will be kept inside during the active investigation.
The attack comes amid an ongoing and widely publicized trial of 14 alleged accomplices involved in the 201
In January 2015, Charlie Hebdo aimed to print cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, strictly forbidden by the Muslim faith. (His offices were also bombed in 2010 for the same reason.) The two brothers who attacked his offices in 2015 were linked to al Qaeda. They are recorded to have “avenged the prophet” on their escape from the scene.
To mark the opening of the trial and all the emotions it provoked in France earlier this month, Charlie Hebdo re-published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on his cover. Newspaper editor Laurent Soriso said Charlie Hebdo was again threatened by al Qaeda for publishing the cartoons in early September.
The motive of the two attackers in Friday’s knife attack was not immediately clear.