The French cartoonist who drew the Charlie Hebdo cover featuring Islam’s Prophet Muhammad after the deadly attack on the magazine in January by Islamist militants says he will no longer draw the figure.
“He no longer interests me,” Luz, as Renald Luzier is professionally known, told Les Inrockuptibles, a French cultural magazine, in an interview published Wednesday.
“I’ve got tired of [drawing him], just like I got tired of drawing [former French President Nicolas] Sarkozy. I’m not going to spend my life drawing them,” he said.
Charlie Hebdo has a long history of satirizing religion, politics and business; critics accuse it of being deliberately provocative. But it was the publication’s depiction of Prophet Muhammad that had drawn intense scrutiny — as well as death threats from militant groups. Many Muslims consider any depiction of their prophet — even positive ones — as blasphemous.
Islamist militants attacked the satirical magazine on Jan. 7, killing 12 people, including some of Charlie Hebdo’s top cartoonists and editors, in apparent response to the cartoons.
Charlie Hebdo’s surviving journalists went to work almost immediately.