One cartoon, entitled Earthquake Italian Style, captioned drawings of a bloodied and bandaged man as “penne in tomato sauce”, a scratched and swollen woman as “penne au gratin” and a collapsed building with blood and feet emerging from it as “lasagne”.
After Italians responded angrily, the magazine, known for its provocative, taboo-busting cartoons, published a second one, showing a person half-buried under rubble, saying: “Italians … it’s not Charlie Hebdo who built your homes, it’s the mafia!”
The local government called the cartoons “a macabre, senseless and absurd insult to the victims”, said Mario Cicchetti, a lawyer for Amatrice city hall.
Although the cartoons were published in #France, Cicchetti said the legal case could be brought in Italy because they had been widely seen and shared there.
An Italian town is pursuing legal action against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over a cartoon portraying victims of last month’s earthquake as types of pasta, and another suggesting the mafia was to blame for the death toll of almost 300.