Jeannette Bougrab, the partner of Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, known as Charb, has given an interview on French television channel TF1 in which she blamed the massacre on inadequate security at the Charlie Hebdo offices.
“I haven’t lost Charlie Hebdo,” she said. “I’ve lost a loved one. I am here, not as a former government minister, but as a woman who has lost her man, who has been murdered by barbarians. I admired him before I fell in love with him and I loved him because of the way he was, because he was brave, he thought that life was a small thing when he was defending his ideals. Do you know people capable of dying for their ideas today? No. Because they’ve just died, they’ve just been murdered. That’s the reality, we could have avoided this massacre. We could have avoided it and we didn’t.”
In 2012, Charb was quoted as saying, “I am not afraid of reprisals, I have no children, no wife, no car, no debt. It might sound a bit pompous, but I’d prefer to die on my feet than live on my knees.”