In a recent interview with L’Obs, retired journalist Delfeil de Ton, who was a member of the first Charlie Hebdo team, stated: “He [Charb] was the leader. What need was there for him to lead the team into this game of one-upmanship?” He cited the repeated caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, notably one from 2012 whose title “Mohammad: a star is born” he found to be particularly disturbing.
Delfeil de Ton mentioned similar comments made by Wolinski following the firebombing in 2011. “I think we are all reckless idiots who took a useless risk. That’s all. We thought we were invincible. For years, decades even, we provoked, and then, one day, our provocations turned against us. It didn’t need to happen,” said Wolinski. “It wasn’t necessary to do, and Charb did it,” said Defeil de Ton.
“Charb hasn’t even been buried. It’s not the time for polemics,” said Richard Malka. “L’Obs can’t find anything better to do than to publish a spiteful and polemical paper [about Charb,]” said the deceased cartoonist’s lawyer.