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Italy quake town sues Charlie Hebdo

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REITI: Amatrice, the Italian town devastated by last month’s deadly earthquake, is suing French weekly Charlie Hebdo for defamation over a series of cartoons about the disaster.

The satirical magazine caused an outcry in Italy by publishing three pasta-themed cartoons on the subject of the quake, including one portraying victims crushed under layers of lasagna.

“It amounts to a macabre, tactless and inconceivable insult to the victims of a natural catastrophe,” the town council’s lawyer, Mario Cicchetti, told reporters after the largely symbolic legal move was announced.

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Published only days after the quake struck on August 24, killing nearly 300 people, the cartoons struck a raw nerve, notably prompting Interior Minister Angelino Alfano to say he knew where the authors “could stick their pencils”.

The French publication responded with a follow-up cartoon showing a woman crushed under ruins and the caption: “It is not Charlie Hebdo who builds your houses, it is the mafia.”

There was no immediate response

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