Two months after the jihadist attack in which staff at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were murdered, a split has emerged in the newsroom over the nearly £22 million received since the killings.
Eleven staff members have called for all employees to become equal shareholders in the magazine, setting them up for a battle with the current management.
Charlie Hebdo is currently 40 percent owned by the parents of Charb, the former director of the magazine who was killed in the January 7 attacks, 40 percent by cartoonist Riss, who is recovering in hospital from shoulder wounds and 20 percent by joint manager Eric Portheault.
But one of the Charlie Hebdo journalists, Laurent Leger, stunned the editorial conference on Wednesday by announcing the creation of a group to open talks on an equal division of the magazine’s capital.
Or French if you prefer. While the magazine was stumbling along making little no one really cared. As soon as there’s some cash they want a chunk.
Until the attacks, Charlie Hebdo was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and was selling only around 30,000 copies a week.
One Charlie Hebdo staffer, who is not part of the group demanding equal shares, accused the others of “talking about (Charb’s) money when the maggots haven’t even finished eating him.”
Well, yes, it is a bit like that, isn’t it? Almost privatise the losses and socialise the profits….