- Category : 1963-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (14,34)
- Incarnation Cross : JX Retreat
Philippe Lançon is a journalist working for the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, who was wounded in the terrorist attack perpetrated against that publication on 7 January 2015. Lançon works primarily for other French publications, specializing in literature. He is a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo.
Lançon also wrote for Libération and is a renown critic on Latin American writings. He is also an educator on culture and Latin American literature, having been a guest speaker at Princeton University on occasion. In the Fall of 2015 he was expected to teach a course at Princeton titled "Writers and Dictators in Latin America."
Lançon was attending a weekly meeting at the time of the attack. He was wounded in the face by rifle fire and is considered in critical condition
Charlie Hebdo shooting
On the morning of 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 12 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist Terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further 5 were killed and 11 wounded.
France raised its Vigipirate terror alert to its highest level and deployed soldiers in Île-de-France and Picardy. A massive manhunt led to the discovery of the suspects, who exchanged fire with police. The brothers took hostages at a signage company in Dammartin-en-Goële on 9 January and were shot dead when they emerged from the building firing.
On 11 January about 2 million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France. The phrase Je suis Charlie (French for "I am Charlie") was a common slogan of support at the rallies and in social media. The remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo continued publication, and the following issue print run 7.95 million copies in six languages, in contrast to its typical print run of 60,000 in only French.