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Charlie Hebdo attack survivor Philippe Lançon wins book prize

French journalist Philippe Lancon in Paris, after winning the 2018 Prix Femina literary prize for his novel Le Lambeau, 5 NovemberImage copyrightAFP

French journalist Philippe Lançon has made his first public appearance since being wounded in the deadly 2015 attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Lançon appeared before cameras in Paris to collect the Femina literary prize for his book Le Lambeau (The Thread).

He was hit in the jaw and arm during the attack when Islamist militants shot dead 11 people at the magazine’s office in the French capital on 7 January.

Le Lambeau recounts the attack and his slow recovery from his wounds.

The gunmen who burst into the magazine’s offices later shot dead a policeman, and were eventually killed by security forces.

Their victims were eight journalists, two police officers, a caretaker and a visitor:

  • Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47, who had been living under police protection since receiving death threats
  • Cartoonists Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Philippe Honoré, 73
  • Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist, the only woman killed
  • Economist and regular magazine columnist Bernard Maris, 68, known to readers as Uncle Bernard
  • Michel Renaud, who was visiting from the city of Clermont-Ferrand
  • Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader
  • Police officer Ahmed Merabet, 42, who was shot dead in a nearby street after the attack
  • Frédéric Boisseau, 42, caretaker, who was in the reception area at the time of the attack
  • Franck Brinsolaro, 49, a police officer who acted as Charb’s bodyguard
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