BLACK OUT: Most French newspapers ran a front page in black on Thursday, one day following the devastating attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead.
Libération’s all-black page one reads “Nous Sommes Tous Charlie” (or “We are all Charlie”) and has the entire issue dedicated to the tragedy. Le Figaro runs its logo on a black background and the headline “Freedom Murdered,” while Les Echos’ front page reads “Facing Barbarism.”
Fashion magazines also mourned the attack.
“The heavy toll that the Charlie Hebdo team has taken reminds us that to express one’s opinion is an essential value,” stated Xavier Romatet, president of Condé Nast France and the seven editors in chief of the group’s publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour and GQ, whose Web sites also referred to the satirical publication. “More than ever we have to defend it, without giving in.”
Elle.fr and ParisMatch.com, published by Lagardère Active, also have a black background for their home pages.
“Lagardère Active brings its support to Charlie Hebdo teams and joins the victims’ families’ grief,” said Denis Olivennes, chairman and chief executive officer of the French magazine publisher, in a statement. “No action, as appalling as it is, can prevent the press from exercising its freedom.”
Two famous French cartoonists, Georges Wolinski and Jean Cabut (aka Cabu), who were among the casualties, contributed to Lagardère titles.
This week’s Elle issue, which hit newsstands on Friday, isn’t dedicated to the attack as the issue was already closed, said a Lagardère Active spokeswoman.
In other French-media news, Roularta confirmed the upcoming sale of L’Express and business magazine L’Expansion to businessmen Patrick Drahi and Marc Laufer, amidst a decline in the magazines’ sales. Drahi already invested in ailing Libération last year.