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Luz of Charlie Hebdo to stop drawing Mohammed


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Luz of Charlie Hebdo to stop drawing Mohammed

The Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who drew the front page of the first edition to appear after January’s massacre says he no longer intends to draw the prophet Mohammed.

Luz said he was tired of doing so.

“He no longer interests me,“ he told Les Inrockuptibles in an interview published on its website.

“I’ve got tired of it, just as I got tired of drawing Sarkozy. I’m not going to spend my life drawing them.”

After the murder of 12 people at the satirical paper’s Paris offices by two jihadists, the next edition carried on its cover Luz’s cartoon of a tearful Mohammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) sign under the words “All is forgiven”.

For Muslims, any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous, but Charlie Hebdo’s first publication after the attacks sold eight million copies, in comparison with its usual circulation of 60,000.

“The terrorists did not win,” Luz told the magazine. “They will have won if the whole of France continues to be scared.”

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