The partner of 'Charb' – Stephane Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo – has said she always knew he would be assassinated.
In emotional interviews, 41-year-old Jeannette Bougrab said: 'I always knew he was going to die like Theo Van Gogh (the Dutch cartoonist murdered in 2004).'
'I begged him to leave France but he wouldn't. My companion is dead because he drew in a newspaper.'
Miss Bougrab, who had lived with Charb and her adopted daughter May for three years, added sadly: 'He never had children because he knew he was going to die. He lived without fear, but he knew he would die."
The lawyer and former French Secretary for Youth and Community Life described to French TV station BMFTV how she got the news he was killed.'I was at a state meeting and I learned there had been a shooting,' she said.
'Then I sent him a text, a second text, third text, and then I phoned him and he wasn't answering and he never did that.
'When I got there, there were the cordons and we weren't allowed to get in and I learned there that he was dead.'