In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks last week, a new cartoon became viral on social media.
Joann Sfar, a cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo, posted a picture on Instagram that has attracted worldwide attention. “Friends from the whole world, thank you for #prayforparis, but we don’t need more religion,” he wrote. “Our faith goes to music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and Joy! #Parissaboutlife.”
#ParisIsAboutLife soon thereafter started trending on social media.
In January this year, the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris were attacked by extremists after the magazine published a picture depicting the Prophet Muhammed. People reported that the attacks in January resulted in the deaths of 17 people and three attackers. The shooting continued for three days. The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Al-Qaeda.
“The #ParisIsAboutLife hashtag is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen,” a Twitter user said. “As a person who doesn’t pray, it’s nice to have a way to express love.”
Friday’s terror attacks, in a coordinated series of shootings and bombings, killed 129 and injured as many as 350 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, blaming France for participating in U.S.-led airstrikes against the terror group’s forces in Syria.
“This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone thru these kinds of episodes ourselves,” U.S. President Barack Obama said. “Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong.”