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Humour in Contemporary FranceControversy, Consensus and Contradictions$
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Jonathan Ervine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620511

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.001.0001

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Charlie Hebdo: from controversy to consensus?

Charlie Hebdo: from controversy to consensus?

(p.19) Chapter 1 Charlie Hebdo: from controversy to consensus?
Humour in Contemporary France

Jonathan Ervine

Liverpool University Press

Due to the relative recentness of the fatal shootings that took place at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris at the start of 2015, the first chapter of this book will examine debates about the publication’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. This will involve discussing ways in which Islam and Muslims have been depicted in several key editions of Charlie Hebdo over the last decade and a half, and also analysing a court case brought against the publication by French Muslim groups. show that French Republicanism has become a contested terrain when it comes to debates about humour and multiculturalism in France.

Keywords:   Charlie Hebdo, freedom of expression, offensive humour, terrorism, Islam

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