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Gargoyles Depicting Slain Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists Unveiled in France

Carved stone faces depicting French cartoonists Cabu and Georges Wolinski, both victims of last January's deadly attack at the Paris office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, now grace the 13th century façade of a church in La Rochelle, in western France. As reported in Le Figaro, the gargoyles were unveiled Monday during the inauguration of the church’s newly renovated Tour de la Lanterne.

The practice of adding secular, anachronistic, even provocative elements to church facades during renovations is a centuries old tradition in France. According to Frédéric Henri, of France’s National Monuments Center, the gargoyles pay tribute to Charlie Hebo and “all the artists threatened in the world.”