Charlie Hebdo’s HR chief receives death threats in a sign for another possible attack
Charlie Hebdo’s head of human resources was given ‘ten minutes’ to leave her home forever after police received credible death threats during the terror trial.
Marika Bret , who have been protected by gurads for almost five years, was escorted out of her home by police last week after receiving threats that were ‘sufficiently concrete to be taken seriously’.
Bret blamed “a level of hallucinatory hatred around Charlie Hebdo“.
The magazine was already a target of a deadly terror attack in January 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a gun rampage at the offices of the magazine, in which twelve people were killed, including some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists.
Earlier this month the magazine republished the controversial cartoons, ahead of 14 people going on trial accused of assisting the two gunmen in that attack.
Speaking to Le Point magazine, Ms Bret said: ‘I had ten minutes to gather my things and leave my home. Ten minutes to leave behind a part of my life, that’s a bit short, that’s very brutal,’
Since the start of the trial, which prompted Charlie Hebdo to republish controversial cartoons, ‘we have received all kinds of horrible messages, notably threats from Al-Qaeda, and calls to finish the job started by the Kouachi brothers,’ Bret said.
Charlie Hebdo for its part, said that it had often been asked to carry on printing caricatures of the prophet since the 2015 killings.
“We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited – the law allows us to do so – but because there was a need for a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate,” it said.
“To reproduce these cartoons in the week the trial over the January 2015 terrorist attacks opens seemed essential to us.”
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