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Top Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz says will no longer draw Mohammad

A file photo taken on November 2, 2011 shows French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's cartoonist Luz using his cell phone in front of the offices of the paper in Paris. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER KLEIN

PARIS: Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammad following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team by jihadis in January, has told a French magazine he will no longer draw the prophet.

"I will no longer draw the figure of Mohammad. It no longer interests me," he told Les Inrockuptibles magazine in an interview published Wednesday.

"I'm not going to spend my life drawing (cartoons of Mohammed)."

Luz's cover image in January portrayed Mohammad with a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie" under the words "All is forgiven."

The issue came out a week after the attack by jihadis on the magazine's office left 12 dead. It had a print run of eight million - a record for the French press.

"The terrorists did not win," Luz told Les Inrockuptibles.

"They will have won if the whole of France continues to be scared," he added, accusing the far-right National Front of trying to stir up fear in the wake of the attacks.

 

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