Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz says will no longer draw prophet

Paris: Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of the prophet following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team by jihadists in January, has said he will no longer draw the prophet.

"I will no longer draw the figure of Mohamed. It no longer interests me," he told Les Inrockuptibles magazine in an interview published today. "I'm not going to spend my life drawing (cartoons of the prophet)." Luz's cover image in January portrayed the prophet with a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie" under the words "All is forgiven".

The issue came out a week after the attack by jihadists 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 said. "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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