RMC’s Charlie Hebdo coverage

Radio Monte Carlo (RMC, based in Paris) has had non-stop daytime coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attack for a second day.

As I write during the afternoon of January 8, Eric Brunet is interviewing the Muslim anthropologist, author and psychoanalyst Malek Chebel.

Brunet asked why we hear about extremist Muslims but rarely the well-educated intellectuals, like Chebel.

Chebel replied that it takes 30 years to make an intellectual but only three weeks to create an extremist.

When asked if the suspects — and other terrorists — became extremists when they converted, Chebel said that, although converts do indeed exhibit more zealous behaviour, they probably already had that characteristic to begin with. Religious conversion and fundamentalist teaching nurtures it.

Chebel added that, contrary to what many non-Muslims think, Islam is not a democratic faith. Later, he said that he hoped this tragedy would serve as a wake-up call for Muslims to reflect on the future of the faith together and put a stop to such acts.

Earlier this afternoon, Brunet took calls from a number of Muslims — mostly women — who are, rightly, outraged by what happened. One said that these attacks make life more difficult as the various religious and social groups in France become increasingly more suspicious of each other. She said that life was much easier in the 1970s when religious extremism did not exist. Brunet reminded her that life in general was much easier in those final years of Les Trentes Glorieuses. He added that 1972 was the ‘last good year’ the French had in terms of prosperity, employment and standard of life.

Another Muslim rang to say that she disagreed with the caller. More diversity has made mixed French humanist/Muslim intermarriage more acceptable. She was happy to see more children from these mixed marriages.

Earlier, Brunet spoke with publisher Jean-Francois Kahn who suggested that every French cartoonist donate one of their works to Charlie Hebdo as content for next week’s issue, which the magazine staff say will be eight pages long instead of 16.

Brunet also interviewed another Charlie Hebdo editor who said he was still wrestling with the experience of talking yesterday morning at length with Stéphane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier about life in general then finding out two hours later that the editor had been gunned down. Not only that, he added, but the fact that the same happened to other cartoonists and staff whom he knew well: ‘Now I have eight funerals to attend. That won’t be easy.’

What will ultimately change after all this? It is uncertain. Perhaps what made this attack different from others is that it succeeded in its aim of murdering a magazine editor and cartoonists. It was ruthlessly cold-blooded in its calculation and execution. Perhaps everyone coming together last night and this morning — not only in France but in the UK, Spain and other countries — will help to serve as a catalyst against extremism.

It is to be hoped this proves to be the case, yet, it is too early to say.

My sincere condolences go to the friends and families of the victims.

8 comments for “RMC’s Charlie Hebdo coverage

  1. January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Of course. Methinks this war will be fought through cartoons globally. Not a bad way to do it. No one dies except at their hands in retaliation.

    • Lord T
      January 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Not a bad way to do it? Our people are dying and the dying is all on our side. That needs to change if we want to stop these things going on but our namby pamby politicians don’t care.

      Luckily the people are getting more and more fed up. The BNP and their ilk will soon be in charge of France. That should make things interesting before the same changes take place over here.

  2. Viscount Rectum
    January 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    It is the German people who are waking up to this menace, it will be them who will turn big time, they have the dynamics and the will. they always have had just waiting for the right leadership and its not Angela Murkeyhole.

  3. January 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

    Time for some brave souls to try to take up their swords and even the score up. So far it is us that are dying without trying.

  4. Greg Tingey
    January 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Will ANY British newspapers or magazines (even Private Eye) re-publish the “offending” C Hebdo cartoons?
    If not, why not?
    Otherwise the religious bigots have already won

    Oh, & afterthought – will all the Quislings here, who have jumped on people who “offended” muslim sensibilities (e.g. The Jesus & Mo T-shirt affair) now apologise & retract & admit they were wrong & stupid?
    Don’t hold your breath!

  5. January 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Today’s our most provocative to date. We’ll keep this thing going another day or two.

  6. mona
    January 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Interlectual left wing advisors acting for our elitist rulers have been influenced by Peto-dollars have provided a strategy of appeasment and political correctness ensuring that the West was very sympathetic to Islamists and Jihadists , our children at Rotherham were sacrificed on the altar appeasment and the BBC still allow statements like these murderers are not real muslims, they are, ask any Imam, yes not forgetting Camerons support for Turkey Joining his club the EU.

  7. Mudplugger
    January 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Proposed simple test question for every muslim in Britain –

    “Do you think British publications should be free to print satirical cartoons featuring a depiction of your prophet Mohammed?”

    If they answer “No”, they are part of the problem, however ‘moderate’ they may otherwise purport to be.

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