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One of Murdered Cartoonist’s Last Drawings Was a Joke About a January Terrorist Attack

A sad coincidence: A cartoon drawn by murdered editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier in Wednesday’s issue of Charlie Hebdo is a joke about terrorists attacking France during the month of January.

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“Charb in this week’s Charlie Hebdo,” the tweet says. “Still no terrorist attack in France,” the top line of the drawing reads, apparently a reference to the lack of recent large-scale terror attacks in the country. “Wait!” the cartoon terrorist explains. “We have until the end of January to offer our New Year wishes.” The joke is a reference to the practice of giving New Year’s greetings; a Slate.fr colleague explains that French acquaintances understand that such well-wishes can be offered at any time up until the end of the year’s first month. 

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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