French Youth Magazine Tries to Explain Events to Children – New York Times

A French youth magazine, Astrapi, published a special leaflet over the weekend to help children understand what happened in France and discuss questions with their parents. A free and downloadable version has been widely shared on social media.

“In the face of such terrible and violent action, everyone asks themselves plenty of questions, adults and children alike,” the leaflet reads. “Is it true that France, really, is at war?” asks an 8-year-old in a speech bubble.

Illustrations include a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower’s outline, and a tricolor shield labeled “liberty.” “These ultraviolent people have nothing to do with the majority of Muslims, who live their faith peacefully,” the leaflet says. “They are attacking France because it’s a free country.


The Astrapi leaflet to help explain the Paris attacks to children.
The Astrapi leaflet to help explain the Paris attacks to children.Credit Astrapi Magazine

“The best way to respond to the violence and madness of these men is to continue to live normally and defend one’s ideas while respecting others.”

Astrapi, published by Bayard Presse, is for 7- to 11-year-olds. It regularly puts out pages explaining the news in a way that is accessible to children.

A recent issue included a leaflet titled “Refugees and migrants: Why do we talk about them so much?”