The French satirical cartoon paper, Charlie Hedo, was attacked indiscriminately by a Muslim terrorist group in January, 2015. Dubbed as “journalism’s 9/11,” the incident hit France hard, instigating a global anti-terrorist movement with a slogan of “Je seui Charlie.” With a focus on the French television, this paper constructs the process of recovering French society and its people from the collective shock as aftermath of the terror. Especially, I focus on how the French mass media played its role of healing the collective trauma. As the process of recovery of U.S. society after 9/11 was complemented with the rebuilding of its symbolic system, this paper also emphasizes the mass media’s role of reconstructing the symbolic system of France to heal French society from the crisis.
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