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New Charlie Hebdo cartoon suggests dead 3-year-old refugee Alan Kurdi would have become sexual attacker


In hindsight, the death of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee who washed up on a Turkish shore after the boat he was in sank, may mark the high point in European public sympathy for refugees. The widespread reports thatrefugees and migrants were involved in mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other European cities on New Year’s Eve could well be its nadir.

Now the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has attempted to marry the two moments, with an image that suggests that if Alan had survived his journey to Europe, he would have become a “groper in Germany.”

The cartoon can be seen here.

The image was drawn by Laurent Sourisseau, also known as “Riss,” a longtime contributor to the newspaper and its current publishing director. Sourisseau was present when Islamist extremists attacked the publication’s offices in January. That attack left 12 people dead; Sourisseau was shot in the shoulder.

Although some recent comments from Sourisseau suggest that he is pushing a less combative agenda for Charlie Hebdo — moving away from images of the prophet Muhammad, for example — the new cartoon shows that the publication is not afraid to cause


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