The 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris

Informant Claude Hermant implicates French state in Charlie Hebdo attacks

By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2017

The case shatters the official narrative that terror attacks in France, Belgium and Germany since 2015 have been the work of isolated Islamists.

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

By Anthony Torres, 20 January 2016

As “priority” targets in direct contact with Al Qaeda's top leadership, the perpetrators of the January 2015 attacks were under intensive surveillance, which was later totally abandoned.

One year after Charlie Hebdo attack

Police gun down youth in poor Paris neighborhood

By Stéphane Hugues, 8 January 2016

Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning.

French Interior Ministry blocks probe of Charlie Hebdo-Hyper Cacher attacks

By Anthony Torres, 8 October 2015

While exploiting the assault earlier this year to justify imposing police-state measures, the Socialist Party is trying to hide the French state’s own role in the attacks.

PEN Gala pays homage to Charlie Hebdo

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2015

The well-heeled Manhattan crowd gave a standing ovation to two Charlie Hebdo editors, while heavily armed police officers kept watch outside.

Police, far right linked to attack on kosher grocery during Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 9 May 2015

Local newspapers in northern France are reporting that a gun dealer with ties to right-wing and paramilitary groups supplied the weapons for the January attacks in Paris.

Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and 143 other writers protest free speech award for Charlie Hebdo

By David Walsh, 2 May 2015

The protesting PEN members have thrown a monkey wrench into the works of a right-wing political operation, provoking screams of outrage from ex-left and ex-liberal circles.

Writers oppose free speech award for Charlie Hebdo

By Tom Eley, 28 April 2015

Six American writers have withdrawn from the annual gala of the PEN American Center in protest against the organization’s decision to give a “freedom of expression” award to Charlie Hebdo .

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau attacked for criticizing Charlie Hebdo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2015

In a speech earlier this month, Garry Trudeau opposed the French magazine’s practice of publishing anti-Muslim cartoons.

Anti-Muslim actions rise sharply in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2015

As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children.

After the Charlie Hebdo attack

Governments in Eastern Europe intensify attacks on democratic rights and immigrants

By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2015

The attacks on immigrants, which go hand in hand with restrictions on democratic rights and the adoption of police state measures, are directed against the entire population.

After Charlie Hebdo attack, France announces draconian anti-terror law

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks to dramatically expand the machinery of police-state rule.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2015

By opening its pages to Le Pen, the New York Times has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate.

UK to launch enhanced “anti-terror measures” and domestic use of troops

By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2015

Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor.

Police crackdown after Charlie Hebdo attack spreads across Europe

By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2015

Security forces have been deployed across Europe in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

Arrests follow terror raids across Europe

By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe have lost no time in using anti-terror police raids in Belgium, France and Germany to whip up a climate of fear and justify demands for further repressive measures.

Spanish government uses Paris terror attack to clamp down on democratic rights

By Alejandro López, 17 January 2015

In attempting to force through anti-democratic measures, the Spanish government has been aided and abetted by the media, which is whipping up an Islamophobic atmosphere.

Top French policeman investigating Charlie Hebdo shooting found dead

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 January 2015

A high-ranking police officer was shot dead the night after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in what police said was a suicide.

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

French government carries out mass arrests

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 January 2015

The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo is being exploited to prepare an escalation of France’s military intervention in the Middle East.

Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2015

With the state-financed publication of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, the “war on terror” is ever more openly acquiring a racist character.

UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack

By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2015

The attacks in Paris are being utilised to push through authoritarian measures long in gestation.

Canada’s Harper promotes new police powers and war

By Roger Jordan, 15 January 2015

Canada’s Conservative government has responded to the Paris terrorist attacks by ratcheting up its campaign to strengthen the national-security apparatus and expand Canada’sparticipation in the Middle East.

European powers implement police state measures in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the assault on Charlie Hebdo to push through policies that have long been prepared.

Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy

By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2015

For decades, the US, France and other imperialist powers have rained down bombs on defenceless civilians, carried out assassinations, and committed horrible war crimes.

A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2015

A photograph reveals that the “world leaders” who supposedly led Sunday’s march were in reality assembled merely for a staged photo-op.

France deploys 10,000 troops in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

President François Hollande ordered the massive deployment of troops across France at a crisis meeting with top military, police and defence officials Monday.

UK uses Charlie Hebdo attack to justify repressive powers

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

In the aftermath of the attack in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to give the security services more powers to intercept the private communications of individuals.

Italy strengthens state in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Marianne Arens, 13 January 2015

Italy’s government and politicians are exploiting the terrorist attack in Paris to establish authoritarian forms of rule.

Who is responsible for the French terrorist attacks?

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2015

No one should accept the explanations of police and intelligence agencies that the perpetrators of the attack on Charlie Hebdo simply slipped through the net.

Millions march in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2015

The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right.

French paramilitary police gun down three Islamist gunmen

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2015

A two-day manhunt sparked by the massacre of 12 people at the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo ended in twin shootouts in which another seven people died.

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2015

French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on Charlie Hebdo to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship.

French Muslims targeted by revenge attacks after Charlie Hebdo shootings

By Anthony Torres, 10 January 2015

Islamophobic acts in multiple French cities targeted mosques, businesses and individuals.

Australian government exploits Paris attacks

By Mike Head, 10 January 2015

While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war.

Massive police mobilization in France

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

By David North, 9 January 2015

In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.

Gunmen were “probably followed” by French police before Paris massacre

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

Several US media outlets reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi had been placed on the American no-fly list many years ago.

Twelve dead in terrorist shooting at Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo

By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015

Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.