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Charlie Hebdo cartoonist shares his powerful response to Paris attacks

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Following the unspeakable ISIS (or Daesh, as many are urging people to refer to them) attacks in Paris on Friday night, the hashtag #PrayForParis has been trending across social media.

During a time of such immense darkness, it is heart-warming to see so many people rally together with messages of love – not just for Paris but worldwide, following horrific attacks in Beirut (Where ISIS bombings killed 43 civilians) and Kenya (where al-Shabab militants killed 147 students) – but some have seen a downside to the manner in which this is manifesting.

One such person, Joann Sfar, a cartoonist for French satirical magazine, and victim of its own targeted attack by ISIS and Al-Qaida in January this year, Charlie Hebdo, has published a series of sketches, surrounding his thoughts on the #PrayForParis trend

Sfar published his cartoons to Instagram, to show his deep sadness and anger following the attacks, sending messages of strength to the people of Paris, and around the world, as well as explaining why he'd rather not see people 'pray' for his beloved (and secular) city.

One cartoon reads:

“Friends from the whole world, thank you for #PrayForParis, but we don’t need more religion! Our faith goes to music! Kissing! Life! Champagne and joy! #Parisisaboutlife.”

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A photo posted by Joann Sfar (@joannsfar) on

Since the image was published, the hashtag #ParisIsAboutLife has begun to trend on social media, being praised for giving everyone a chance to send their own messages of love, whatever their beliefs. 

Other images published by Sfar include one that reads:

“Lovers of death, if God exists, he hated you. And you have already lost, both on earth and in heaven.”

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Others read:

“Paris is our capital. We love music, drunkenness, joy.”

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Another reads: “For centuries lovers of death have tried to make us lose life's flavour.”

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But, reads another post, “They never succeed.”

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“Those who love. Those who love life. In the end, they're always the ones who are rewarded.”

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Paris is “beaten by the waves but does not sink”

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At time of writing, 129 people have been confirmed dead Following Friday's attacks, and 352 injured - many of whom, seriously.

The pen is mightier than the sword, behold. 

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