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Charlie Hebdo mocks Harvey devastation with Neo-Nazi cover

Victims of the storm as neo-Nazis

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PARIS, France - The controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine, that shot to fame in 2012, when it ran caricatures of Muslim Prophet Muhammad has done it again - managed to enrage an entire nation. 

Its latest cover appears to mock the death and devastation brought by the Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, as it casts victims of the storm as neo-Nazis. 

The left-wing magazine, that is known for running provocative covers, often puts caricatures of world leaders and religious figures in controversial situations.

After it ran caricatures of Prophet Mohammed and Islam, it prompted a pair of French-born gunman to charge the magazine’s Paris offices in January 2012 for mocking an ISIS leader. 12 people were killed, prompting an international show of support for the publication.

On Thursday, the weekly magazine put an illustration of half-submerged swastika flags and arms giving the Nazi salute accompanying a headline that read, “God Exists! He Drowned All the Neo-Nazis of Texas.”

Drawing instant ire from critics and even fans of the magazine, for poking fun at the disaster that has so far claimed at least 38 lives and displaced tens of thousands of people - the magazine issue went viral, both online and offline. 

Rising to a top trend within minutes on Twitter, the magazine was thrashed by Twitterati across the globe.

Conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel wrote on Twitter, “So the idiots at Charlie Hebdo are cheering the #Houston #Harvey disaster b/c they claim it drowned neo-Nazis. WTF?!”

Another user tweeted, “Hey Charlie Hebdo F— You Scumbag! Those were all God Loving Americans that Grandfathers saved FRANCE from NAZI’s.”

And another user said, “That's a great way for France and Charlie Hebdo to show gratitude for the Texas boys that fought for her liberation from the Nazis.” 

Another said, “An evil, despicable cover. Also, the losers at Charlie Hebdo have a God-given right to publish it, & no one has the right to shoot them.”

Yet another user tweeted, “This kind of stuff makes me regret supporting them..This is a bald faced lie..SHAME charlie hebdo.” 

The magazine is not new to controversy. 

Recently, the magazine’s cartoonists depicted British Prime Minister Theresa May as decapitated and linked the vehicular terror attack in Barcelona to Islam and a cartoon showing mowed down people on the street, with a headline that read, “Islam: religion of peace ... eternal.” 

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