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Five Charlie Hebdo victims buried in France

Pallbearers carry the coffin of late satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous
Pallbearers carry the coffin of late satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Five victims of last week’s Charlie Hebdo killings were buried on Tuesday, including two of the satirical paper's best-known cartoonists, Georges Wolinski, and Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac.  Justice Minister

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Wolinski and Tignous were buried at Paris’s famous Père Lachaise cemetery, while economist Bernard Maris was buried in Montgicard, near Toulouse in south-west France, and psychiatrist Elsa Cayat at Paris’s Montparnasse cemetery.

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Speaking at Tignous's funeral in the suburb of Montreuil, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said France was a country where you can draw anything and had the right to mock all religions.

His coffin was then taken to Père Lachaise.

But the front page of the new Charlie Hebdo, which features a caricature of the prophet Mohammed, continues to spark controversy in the Muslim world.

On Wednesday a Turkish court ordered a block on websites featuring images of the magazine cover.

Jordan's King Abdullah II called the cover "irresponsible and reckless" and an insult.

And on Thursday Pope Francis condemned any killing in God's name but insisted other people's religion could not be insulted or mocked.

French President François Hollande on Thursday said Muslims are the "main victims" of fanaticism.

“Radical Islam has fed off all kinds of contradictions, influences, misery, inequality ... and conflicts which have gone unresolved for far too long,” he told an audience at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris. “Muslims are the first victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance. We must also remind people, as I do when travelling in the Arab world, that Islam is compatible with democracy and that we not confuse Muslims with terrorism. And that in France French Muslims have the same rights and duties as all citizens.”
 

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