Riss: "Charlie Hebdo must survive Daesh"

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INTERVIEW - After receiving new death threats, the weekly is filing a complaint. Its director also speaks about the Merah trial and life since January 2015.

The last one of the satirical weekly that presents a Tariq Ramadan hypertrophied sex, proclaiming "I am the 6th pillar of Islam!", Places the newspaper again in the heart of a controversy. After death threats broadcast on social networks, the satirical weekly announced Monday a complaint. Riss, his director, wants to stand up against everything. "Since January 2015, we have an obligation to last," he says.

The designer has just published, at Éditions Les Échappés, a large format on Charlie Hebdo, 1992-2017 and is preparing to release, Thursday, November 9, a 48-page special issue on the Merah trial, which he followed from beginning to end.

LE FIGARO. - Charlie Hebdo is the subject of death threats, following the one on Tariq Ramadan, the Muslim preacher. Is this now the price to pay for your freedom of expression?

RISS. - This is not the first time since January 2015 that we have received many death threats. But it seems that for this cover, their number is higher than usual. Since January 2015, speech has been released and the call to murder has become commonplace, especially on social networks. Today, terrorist violence can hit anyone, not just Charlie Hebdo. The "price to pay", if there is to be one, is now for everyone.

You spent five weeks in the courthouse of Paris to chew the trial of Abdelkader Merah. Why are you at the heart of such an event?

I am a journalist first and foremost, and I attended as a draftsman. This trialEven if he spoke a lot about the one who was not there, Mohammed Merah, had a palpable intensity. It helped to understand mechanisms of the construction of religious extremism. The Merah affair is the beginning of something, the explanation of a type of unprecedented attack in France.

I spent weeks listening to this family explain that America and Israel were killing their Arab brothers, and that they had to be avenged. Or that one became a chosen one of God if one passed by the box prison. Sitting upstairs, in front of the courtroom, I drew, filled with large pages, which will form an out-series of commented boards.

This trial was a form of mise en abyme for you ...

In a way. If there is a trial in 2018 involving the network behind the January 2015 attacks, I will be called as a witness. The Merah trial will have prepared me for this confrontation which, I know in advance, will be very difficult.

"On the 7th of January, I was in the newsroom, and what I experienced - until the noise, the feeling or the smells - can not be told in detail, except to two or three people"

Riss

Since 2015, you are surrounded by bodyguards. How do we live?

We deal with it. None of us in the team will ever be able to move forward without having this day in mind. It hovers over our heads, everyone thinks about it, without ever talking about it.

Seen from the outside, January 7 has a unit of place and time. But for those who were inside Charlie Hebdo's premises, the time and experience were not the same. Each of us experienced something different, depending on where he was. Yet everyone was at the center of the drama. I was in the newsroom, and what I went through - up to the sound, the smell or the smells - can not be told in detail except to two or three people. Luz wrote a book about his experience. Me, I do not have the words for, and, anyway, I do not know if my story would be understood by others.

"Fifteen years after the first issue of Charlie, we are faced with the obligation to last. We have the duty to continue, while having the same concerns as all the other paper newspapers »Riss

You use the same words as the survivors of the Holocaust, after the war.

It's the same order. Some things come from a language unknown to ordinary people. Why talk, in the end? I ask myself. All I know is that I do not want to be locked into a victim status, especially since everyone sees themselves as such. The lawyer Dupond-Moretti even went so far as to say that Mohamed Merah's mother "was also the mother of a dead man" ...

What is the future of Charlie Hebdo?

In January 2015, people understood that we could disappear. What they do not know is that it is still the case. After the tragedy, we found ourselves invested with a mission, our body defending. We try to answer it by focusing on what we like to do, the drawing of humor. We have always been pessimistic, anyway!

But fifteen years after the first issue of Charlie, we are faced with the obligation to last. We have a duty to continue, while having the same concerns as all other paper newspapers. In 1992, there were 36,000 points of sale for the press, there are only 20,000 left. For us, the free internet is self-evident: we can not be that mercantile, and the second generation of readers read widely on the Web. However, it will be necessary to find a balance between the paying and the free.

"The" Islamo-leftists "no longer surprise us, and respond to ideological schemes so demagogic that they lose all credibility" Riss

We had seen 4 million French on the street in January 2015, claiming that they were Charlie. Today, who are your supporters?

The very existence of the newspaper strengthens those who have supported us and strengthens us in our determination to continue to do so. There is a mutual interest, between readers, citizens and members of the newspaper, to see Charlie Hebdo exist, soon three years after the attack. We must keep: Charlie Hebdo must survive Daesh.

Are the recent protests of "Islamo-leftists" worrying you?

"Islamo-leftists" have been part of the political landscape for a long time. They no longer surprise us, and respond to ideological schemes so demagogic that they lose all credibility. Like the conventional left incarnated by the PS, the "Islamo-leftists" are also in full decrepitude. The crisis that the French left is also striking this part of the left. The so-called "radical" or "alternative" lefts are also touching the bottom. The renewal of the French left, if one day there is renewal, will have to concern all families of the left, including the most radical.


 

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INTERVIEW - After receiving new death threats, the weekly is filing a complaint. Its director also speaks about the Merah trial and life since January 2015.

The last one of the satirical weekly that presents a Tariq Ramadan hypertrophied sex, proclaiming "I am the 6th pillar of Islam!", Places the newspaper again in the heart of a controversy. After death threats broadcast on social networks, the satirical weekly announced Monday a complaint. Riss, his director, wants to stand up against everything. "Since January 2015, we have an obligation to last," he says.

The designer has just published, at Éditions Les Échappés, a large format on Charlie Hebdo, 1992-2017 and is preparing to release, Thursday, November 9, a 48-page special issue on the Merah trial, which he followed from beginning to end.

LE FIGARO. - Charlie Hebdo is the subject of death threats, following the one on Tariq Ramadan, the Muslim preacher. Is this now the price to pay for your freedom of expression?

RISS. - This is not the first time since January 2015 that we have received many death threats. But it seems that for this cover, their number is higher than usual. Since January 2015, speech has been released and the call to murder has become commonplace, especially on social networks. Today, terrorist violence can hit anyone, not just Charlie Hebdo. The "price to pay", if there is to be one, is now for everyone.

You spent five weeks in the courthouse of Paris to chew the trial of Abdelkader Merah. Why are you at the heart of such an event?

I am a journalist first and foremost, and I attended as a draftsman. This trialEven if he spoke a lot about the one who was not there, Mohammed Merah, had a palpable intensity. It helped to understand mechanisms of the construction of religious extremism. The Merah affair is the beginning of something, the explanation of a type of unprecedented attack in France.

I spent weeks listening to this family explain that America and Israel were killing their Arab brothers, and that they had to be avenged. Or that one became a chosen one of God if one passed by the box prison. Sitting upstairs, in front of the courtroom, I drew, filled with large pages, which will form an out-series of commented boards.

This trial was a form of mise en abyme for you ...

In a way. If there is a trial in 2018 involving the network behind the January 2015 attacks, I will be called as a witness. The Merah trial will have prepared me for this confrontation which, I know in advance, will be very difficult.

"On the 7th of January, I was in the newsroom, and what I experienced - until the noise, the feeling or the smells - can not be told in detail, except to two or three people"

Riss

Since 2015, you are surrounded by bodyguards. How do we live?

We deal with it. None of us in the team will ever be able to move forward without having this day in mind. It hovers over our heads, everyone thinks about it, without ever talking about it.

Seen from the outside, January 7 has a unit of place and time. But for those who were inside Charlie Hebdo's premises, the time and experience were not the same. Each of us experienced something different, depending on where he was. Yet everyone was at the center of the drama. I was in the newsroom, and what I went through - up to the sound, the smell or the smells - can not be told in detail except to two or three people. Luz wrote a book about his experience. Me, I do not have the words for, and, anyway, I do not know if my story would be understood by others.

"Fifteen years after the first issue of Charlie, we are faced with the obligation to last. We have the duty to continue, while having the same concerns as all the other paper newspapers »Riss

You use the same words as the survivors of the Holocaust, after the war.

It's the same order. Some things come from a language unknown to ordinary people. Why talk, in the end? I ask myself. All I know is that I do not want to be locked into a victim status, especially since everyone sees themselves as such. The lawyer Dupond-Moretti even went so far as to say that Mohamed Merah's mother "was also the mother of a dead man" ...

What is the future of Charlie Hebdo?

In January 2015, people understood that we could disappear. What they do not know is that it is still the case. After the tragedy, we found ourselves invested with a mission, our body defending. We try to answer it by focusing on what we like to do, the drawing of humor. We have always been pessimistic, anyway!

But fifteen years after the first issue of Charlie, we are faced with the obligation to last. We have a duty to continue, while having the same concerns as all other paper newspapers. In 1992, there were 36,000 points of sale for the press, there are only 20,000 left. For us, the free internet is self-evident: we can not be that mercantile, and the second generation of readers read widely on the Web. However, it will be necessary to find a balance between the paying and the free.

"The" Islamo-leftists "no longer surprise us, and respond to ideological schemes so demagogic that they lose all credibility" Riss

We had seen 4 million French on the street in January 2015, claiming that they were Charlie. Today, who are your supporters?

The very existence of the newspaper strengthens those who have supported us and strengthens us in our determination to continue to do so. There is a mutual interest, between readers, citizens and members of the newspaper, to see Charlie Hebdo exist, soon three years after the attack. We must keep: Charlie Hebdo must survive Daesh.

Are the recent protests of "Islamo-leftists" worrying you?

"Islamo-leftists" have been part of the political landscape for a long time. They no longer surprise us, and respond to ideological schemes so demagogic that they lose all credibility. Like the conventional left incarnated by the PS, the "Islamo-leftists" are also in full decrepitude. The crisis that the French left is also striking this part of the left. The so-called "radical" or "alternative" lefts are also touching the bottom. The renewal of the French left, if one day there is renewal, will have to concern all families of the left, including the most radical.


 

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