The main group of victims was at a (so-called) "satirical magazine" which publishes tasteless, filthy, deliberately offensive "political" cartoons. The worst of the cartoons are definitely inflammatory and humiliating, up to and including depictions of the genitalia of Mohammed and Jesus and graphic sexual acts involving the same.
(At the risk of speaking ill of the deceased,) The people behind this magazine seem to have been deeply nihilistic and perhaps psychologically disturbed. It doesn't mean they deserve to have died. Yet it wasn't so long ago that people who published such things would've been under serious risk of being lynched by local European Christians for either blasphemy or degeneracy or both.
I have to ask: What happened to standards of decency in publishing? Are they all out the window in France? Why were cartoons so inflammatory and frankly indecent by (surely) anyone's standard allowed to be published and sold?
France is totally committed to free speech, I'm told, no matter who may get offended. Yet that's not the case: France is one of the countries that has a law imposing heavy fines and even jail sentences on Holocaust revisionists, for one. For another, a Black comedian called Dieudonne was prosecuted for "hate speech" for his comedy routines and certain political statements. The government has imposed a total television ban on him. (Here he is on a TV program defending himself from a critic before the lifetime ban was handed down.)
So I am left confused.