French teachers use weeping Eiffel Tower image to help kids understand attacks

Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:11pm EST
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - French teachers are using the cartoon image of a weeping Eiffel Tower to help young children understand what happened in last Friday's attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.

The image of a grieving, humanized Eiffel Tower holding hands with young children and gazing at a pool of blood appears in a special online edition of the 'astrapi' paper that explains how "men full of hate" carried out the attacks.

"What we know is that these were terrorists, people who use violence and terror to impose their ideas," says the text of the online paper, which is aimed at young children.

"The first thing we feel is fear. To make sure that does not stay inside us, we have to talk about it."

The online paper also includes comments from children.

"Can the terrorists come into our house?" asks 7-year-old Antoine. "Is it true that France is at war?" asks Julie, aged 8.

The education ministry has tweeted the cartoon featuring France's most famous monument and included material from the online paper in a briefing given to teachers who spoke to children of the events when they returned to school on Monday.

Mon Quotidien, a paper aimed at older children, included a map of the Middle East showing the parts of Syria and Iraq now occupied by Islamic State.

France has a strong tradition of keeping religion out of state education, a policy criticized in some quarters for helping fuel mistrust and fear of its Muslim community, the largest in Europe.   Continued...

 
English version of the online document realised by French children's magazine Astrapi, written by journalist Gwenaelle Boulet (English version Lemisse Al-Hafidh) and illustrated by cartoonist Frederic Benaglia, freely downloadable and reproducible on the Bayard Jeunesse website since this weekend following the deadly attacks in Paris. French teachers are using the cartoon image of a weeping Eiffel Tower to help young children understand what happened in last Friday, November 13, 2015, attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people. The image of a grieving, humanised Eiffel Tower holding hands with young children and gazing at a pool of blood appears in a special online edition of the 'Astrapi' paper that explains how "men full of hate" carried out the attacks.  The Peace for Paris symbol was created by artist Jean Julien.   Astrapi Online document via REUTERS   FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.