Eight years after deadly attacks, Charlie Hebdo back in the headlines for angering Tehran

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French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo made headlines again this week for mocking Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomenei, angering the Iranian regime and prompting it to close a French research institute in Tehran. The latest controversy comes as France on Saturday marked the eighth anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices that killed 12.

Today, the irreverent, militantly atheist publication operates from a secret location with round-the-clock police protection to protect its staff, eight years after it was attacked by Islamist gunmen.

Charlie Hebdo continues to mock politicians, public figures and cultural icons from across the spectrum, often with vulgar caricatures.

In an act of defiance, Charlie Hebdo has repeatedly published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, acts seen as blasphemous by many Muslims and which were used as justification by the architects of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo’s offices on January 7, 2015.

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In the first issue released after the attacks, Charlie Hebdo’s cover proclaimed: "They have weapons. Screw them, we have champagne."

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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