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Zineb is still consumed by a will to “never betray our common endeavour”, by which she means the work for which Charlie Hebdo’s staff were murdered. She left Charlie Hebdo last year because of a change in the magazine´s editorial line and because of the split over money between employees and shareholders.

“I don’t want to see — some day in the future — that my colleagues were killed for nothing. The men that killed them must realise that the values Charlie Hebdo fought for are growing stronger. Terrorists must not be allowed to win the ideological war. When people protect me it’s not just me they’re protecting, they’re doing it so I can keep on opening my big mouth.”

She normally doesn’t think about the dangers involved: “You forget it, you’re with friends, you make food and things like that. But suddenly fear rears its head again. You hear a sound, you see a shadow, a car, and then in a split second you’re gripped by fear. And you also know that one day you might have to act very fast.”

What she does think about every day is Charb, who was like a big brother for her: “He had such a big heart and he was very tolerant to people who saw the world in a different light. I could talk to him about everything, money problems, love, everything. He also understood that as editor of a magazine like Charlie Hebdo he had to give his staff loose reins. So how could you not miss someone like that? We laughed about the threats he received. We said that they had not put a big enough price on his head, and that it wasn’t enough to save Charlie Hebdo from going bankrupt. And Charb would sometimes walk through the editing offices and say ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great). It was a joke. But when the assassins came, that’s exactly what they said before they shot him: ‘Allahu Akbar’.”

Zineb can’t say who her new husband is for security reasons, but explains: “He met me when I was already under police protection. It’s not easy for him and everything we do has to be carefully planned in advance.

“But he’s very proud of what we do, and he does his best to help. He understands that this is a question of barbarity versus civilisation. He’s very interested in the Arab world for several reasons, he loves it and he’s very unhappy about the way things are going there. When he decided to share his life with me, he did it knowing that he would have to share the risk and the burden. I’m very grateful to him.”  
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