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.
â€œIn the face of such terrible and violent action, everyone asks themselves plenty of questions, adults and children alike,â€ the leaflet reads. â€œIs it true that France, really, is at war?â€ asks an 8-year-old in a speech bubble.
Illustrations include a peace symbol with the Eiffel Towerâ€™s outline, and a tricolor shield labeled â€œliberty.â€ â€œThese ultraviolent people have nothing to do with the majority of Muslims, who live their faith peacefully,â€ the leaflet says. â€œThey are attacking France because itâ€™s a free country.
â€œThe best way to respond to the violence and madness of these men is to continue to live normally and defend oneâ€™s ideas while respecting others.â€
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 â€œRefugees and migrants: Why do we talk about them so much?â€