1. Stéphane Charbonnier, aka Charb, 47
Mr Charbonnier was editor of Charlie Hebdo since 2009. He had been under police protection since November 2011, when the satirical weekly published a special edition mocking the Prophet and Islam, and a firebomb attack destroyed the paper's offices.
In 2012, following a further controversy over the magazine's depiction of Prophet Muhammad, Mr Charbonnier told the avant-garde magazine Tel Quel: "I'm not scared of reprisals. I don't have kids or a wife, I've got no car, no credit. It might sound a bit pompous but I prefer to die standing than live on my knees."
— Slate (@Slate) January 7, 2015
“Still no attack in France,” says the title. “Wait!” says the man on the drawing. “We have until the end of January to give our best wishes.”
— ACB (@acb_eu) January 7, 2015
"I punch death in the face and I come back."
2. Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, 76
The son of a schoolmaster, Mr Jean Cabut was born in France on Jan 13, 1938. He studied art in Paris and began producing drawings for a local newspaper. In 1960, he became one of the founders of Hara-Kiri, a satirical magazine which, after it was banned by president Charles de Gaulle in 1970, changed its name to Charlie Hebdo and appeared with the same cover the following week.
— Paul ن (@PRZ78) January 7, 2015
"Dieu N'existe Pas- God does not exist."
Jean Cabut, known as "Cabu," 75. pic.twitter.com/lbEzkIxEOE
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 7, 2015
"La Femme Est L'Avenir Des Fanatiques- The woman is the future of fanatics."
3. Georges Wolinski, 80
He was a veteran cartoonist with Charlie Hebdo and the editor of the magazine from 1970 to 1981. He had also collaborated with a number of other French publications including L'Humanité, Libération, and Le Nouvel Observateur. Born in Tunisia, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 2005.
Georges Wolinski part.2 pic.twitter.com/TjBwRYDMUV
— vasilis p (@billmani77gr) January 7, 2015
Right: "When I think about 40 years ago I was at the barricades." Left: "Try to forget all these, papa."
4. Bernard Verlhac, aka Tignous, 58
He drew under the name Tignous. He started out drawing comic strips in 1980 before moving into the press. He was the author of a 2011 book entitled Five Years Under Sarkozy, about the former centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy.
— Le Graoully déchainé (@LeGraoully) January 7, 2015
Ms Marine Le Pen (president of extreme right-wing political party Front National) has demonised the Front National. In the cartoon, she says: "Hello little children."
Rip tignous pic.twitter.com/PAdviHl3Ef
— charlie carotte (@charlie_carotte) January 7, 2015
First frame: In nature, panda lives alone. Second frame: To be happy, a panda needs a habitat that is 30 sq km. Third frame: So the panda is very happy to live in China.
Source: The Guardian