Charlie Hebdo criticised for cartoon 'mocking drowned Syrian boy'
France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine is courting controversy again – this time with cartoons on migrants.
One drawing plays on the harrowing photo of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian child whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey after a failed attempt to cross by boat with his family to Greece.
It shows a toddler in shorts and a T-shirt face-down on the shoreline beside an advertising billboard that offers two children’s meal menus for the price of one.
“So close to making it…” the caption says.
Another cartoon has a caption: “Proof that Europe is Christian”.
It shows a Jesus-like figure walking on water, saying “Christians walk on water”.
Alongside him a smaller figure wearing shorts is up-ended in the water, saying: “Muslim children sink”.
So is this racist, hateful and inappropriate as some suggest or a savage indictment of Europe’s failings towards migrants?
Views were mixed on the streets of the French capital.
Parisian Jean-Gibert Kutarba said: “Whether it is Charl