A journalist has revealed how the terrorists who massacred her Charlie Hebdo colleagues spared her life – because she was a woman.
Reporter Sigolene Vinson survived the brutal attack on the French satirical magazine, in which 12 people including six of her co-workers and two police officers were shot dead.
She told Radio France Internationale that one of the killers held a gun to her head, but decided against killing her too.
Miss Vinson said the one of the shooters told her: ‘I’m not killing you because you are a woman and we don’t kill women but you have to convert to Islam, read the Qu’ran and wear a veil.’
She added that the men shouted ‘Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar’ as they fled the scene.
Charlie Hebdo magazine staff thought a terrorist attack on their offices was a ‘joke’ involving fire crackers before being gunned down in cold blood, it emerged today.
Chilling new details of the Paris massacre emerged as police resumed the nationwide manhunt for the two French Algerian brothers believed to be responsible.
Cherif and Said Kouachi have now spent almost two whole days on the run since Wednesday morning’s atrocity, which claimed 12 lives.
Today survivor Laurent Leger, a Charlie Hebdo journalist who was in the room where most of the victims were slaughtered, told how some were laughing when they first heard shots.
‘We thought it was a joke, that it was fire crackers’ said Mr Leger.
‘Then we heard footsteps. The door opened. A guy shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great)
Our media believes if you hide the truth we’ll avoid the wave of “Islamophobic” backlash that never happens.
Referring to French police special forces units, Mr Leger said: ‘He looked like a GIGN and RAID guy, he was hooded. He was all in black. He had a gun he was holding with both hands.’
Mr Leger said he saw ‘barbarism enter the newspaper’ as the terrorists called out the name ‘Charb’, referring to editor Stephane Charbonnier, one of those killed.
‘They called out the name of Charb, yes. But after that they fired into the group,’ said Mr Leger, who said he threw himself under a table to get away from the gunman and ‘escaped his eyes.’
The shooter then turned to his accomplice, with Mr Leger saying: ‘He said he thought he had killed everybody, but did not kill women.’
The suspected killers are described as ‘extremely dangerous and likely to kill again’.
If only they had midnight basketball and other social outreach programs and we never invaded Iraq this never would have happened.