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Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist 'Siné' dead at 87

Martin Bureau, AFP | Maurice Sinet died on May 5 at a Parisian hospital after an operation
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Maurice Sinet, a former cartoonist for French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo who often created controversy with his blunt views, has died. He was 87.

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His lawyer and longtime friend Dominique Tricaud said Sinet, better known by the nickname “Sine,” died Thursday after undergoing surgery in a Paris hospital. He had been fighting cancer for several years.

Sinet was known for his anarchist and anti-clerical positions. He was fired by Charlie Hebdo in 2008 for a column targeting a son of then-President Nicolas Sarkozy that triggered accusations of anti-Semitism.

He challenged his dismissal and was granted damages for wrongful termination of contract.

Tricaud said Sinet “was probably the freest soul I ever met.”

Sinet expressed his deepest sympathy to Charlie Hebdo following last year’s deadly attack on the magazine’s Paris offices.

(AP)

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