‘I’d Take His Place’: Hebdo Editor’s Widow Tearfully Recounts Shooting Aftermath


In a tearful interview Jeannette Bougrab, girlfriend of Charlie Hebdo Editor in Chief Stéphane Charbonnier, recounted the hours after she learned of the terrorist attack at the offices of the magazine that killed Charbonnier.

“I would like to die sometimes,” she told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. “I would like to give my life for my boyfriend. He’s my hero because he stands up for life, for freedom. He died because he’s a caricaturist. It’s incredible. I would like to take his place.”

“When I heard some news, I tried calling him but he didn’t answer me,” she said. “He usually answers immediately when I call him. So I called one of his friends and said ‘What happened?’ He said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know.’ So I took a cab and I got to Charlie Hebdo. I — I was very weak. I saw a lot of policemen and the French president was here and I asked him, ‘Where is Charb?’ and he didn’t answer me. And the guy said, ‘He died.’

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“I fell on the ground and I cried,” she continued. “I didn’t want to believe it. So I wanted to go into the building to see Charb, because I didn’t want to believe. It’s not possible. It’s a nightmare. But the policeman didn’t want me to let me enter and the bodyguards say to me, ‘He died and it is not beautiful to see his body.’

“And so I stayed out on the street and it was very cold. After several hours on the street, the doctor took me into the hospital and I say to my love, goodbye. I kissed his hands. And I kissed him on the lips….I said a lot of stupid things. I said, ‘I love you.’ What can I say?”

“It’s very difficult,” she finished. “I prefer dying.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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