Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cartoonists, Man Grim Police Officers and a Maintenance Toll of Ruthless Terrorist Attack

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cartoonists, Man Grim Police Officers and a Maintenance Toll of Ruthless Terrorist Attack

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Rashid Razaq

DETAILS of the 12 victims of the Paris massacre emerged today including the first picture of the hero police officer who was executed in the street.

A building maintenance worker was the first to be shot dead by the terrorists after they initially went to the wrong office. Frederic Boisseau, 42, was killed in the reception of the satirical magazine's headquarters.

Gunmen had initially stormed No6 Rue Nicolas-Appert and screamed: "Is this Charlie Hebdo?" But after being informed that they had the wrong address the men ran to the magazine's headquarters, two doors down.

Once inside, they demanded to know where the editorial offices were, before opening fire, killing Mr Boisseau, who was married with two children, aged 10 and 12.

Muslim policeman Ahmed Merabet was gunned down at point blank range as he pleaded for his life.

The gunmen's principal target was the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier. Known under his pen name Charb, the 47-year-old was on a hit list drawn up by al Qaeda-linked jihadi publication Inspire for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northern France, he joined Charlie Hebdo in the early Nineties, becoming editor in 2009. Despite having to live under police guard, Charb responded to death threats with defiance, saying: "I'd rather die standing than live on my knees."

Jean "Cabu" Cabut, 76, the publication's award-winning lead cartoonist was also targeted. The veteran satirist, who started drawing aged 16, returned from military service in Algeria with a desire to provoke and mock anyone who took themselves too seriously.

He drew the front-page image of the Prophet in 2007 when Charlie Hebdo published the controversial Danish cartoons. He had defended his work saying: "Sometimes laughter can hurt -- but laughter, humour and mockery are our only weapons."

Bernard Verlhac, 57, who drew cartoons under the name "Tignous" was an avowed pacifist, a member of a group of artists called Cartoonists for Peace, who was known for his coruscating wit and addressing capitalism

and social inequality in his work.

Georges Wolinski, 80, was born in Tunis to a Polish Jewish father and Franco-Italian mother. A member of Hari-Kari, the predecessor publication to Charlie Hebdo, he overcame personal tragedy with the death of his wife in a car crash, leaving him to raise two young daughters on his own.

The cartoonist said that he could not imagine retiring as "drawing was his life." His daughter shared an image of his empty desk today with the caption translated as: "Dad is gone, not Wolinski."

Columnist Bernard Maris, 68, a father-of-two, was a Left-wing economist known to readers as "Uncle Bernard". Staff cartoonist Philippe Honore, 73, was a regular contributor with two to three drawings a week. …

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