Patrick Pelloux is a journalist at Charlie Hebdo. He is also an doctor working in A&E, which is why he had arranged to arrive at the office late on the day many of his colleagues were massacred.
“They killed pacifists,” he said. “They killed people who were extremely tolerant and who treated all religions in the same way. That’s why they caricatured all religions in the same way. Without hate.
We made jokes, we drew caricatures. We had fun. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but there are no dictators, who use humour. Humour is used by people who know what culture is, who know what people like… That’s what Charlie Hebdo did and that’s what we’ll go on doing.”
The weekly paper has already received enough donations to announce that they will publish an edition next Wednesday. I t will only be 8 pages, but they will print a million copies instead of the usual 60,000.