Charlie Hebdo Asterix Tribute Sees Cartoonist Come Out Of Retirement

The 87-year-old cartoonist behind the classic Asterix cartoon has come out of retirement specifically to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

Albert Uderzo created two images, one with the Gallic hero uppercutting an enemy while shouting "Moi aussi je suis Charlie" - "I too am a Charlie".

In the other Asterix appears bowed in respect alongside his sidekick Obelix while their pet, Dogmatix, looks over his shoulder forlornly.

Uderzo told French newspaper La Figaro: "I simply want to express my affection for those designers who have paid with their lives.

"Young designers are on hand now and I wish them courage. They keep in mind this terrible thing came to their colleagues that no one could expect.

In all 20 people were killed in a four-day rampage by three gunmen with links to Al-Qaeda.

Four of the dead were cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, who died when two men stormed their headquarters on Tuesday.

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Eight other people were killed including three policemen.

After hiding out north of Paris, an 80,000-strong police and army force flushed them out on Friday resulting in a police chase that ended in a siege in an industrial estate.

Shortly after another gunman took hostages in a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Police launched simultaneous raids resulting in the deaths of all three gunmen.

Four hostages also died.