Charlie Hebdo cartoonist says he no longer plans to draw the Prophet

Published April 29th, 2015 - 06:19 GMT

The French cartoonist Luz, who drew the Prophet Mohammad for the cover of Charlie Hebdo following the Al-Qaeda inspired killings of members of the magazine’s staff, has said he will no longer draw the Prophet.

"He no longer interests me," he told Les Inrockuptibles in an interview published on its website Wednesday.

"I've got tired of it, just as I got tired of drawing Sarkozy. I'm not going to spend my life drawing them."

Islamist gunmen claiming to be avenging the Prophet killed 12 in attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, known for lampooning Islam along with other religions.

For Muslims, any depiction of the Prophet is considered blasphemous, but Charlie Hebdo's next edition carried on its cover Luz's cartoon of a tearful Mohammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") sign under the words "All is forgiven".

A strong show of solidarity and concern for freedom of expression prevailed throughout France following the attacks, and the magazine sold several million copies rather than its usual circulation of 60,000.

"The terrorists did not win," Luz said in the interview. "They will have won if the whole of France continues to be scared." 

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