After the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Michel Houllebecqs Submission has become an Amazon bestseller.
  • After the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Michel Houllebecq's Submission has become very popular on Amazon.

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Armed gunmen shot and killed 10 French journalists and two police officers this morning, injuring another 10. The victims worked at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French newspaper that has drawn ire, threats, and a previous attack for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

The gunmen shouted "Allahu Akbar" before they ran in; French president Francois Hollande has called it a "terrorist attack," and so has the United Nations. There is still a lot we don’t know about who did it and why.

What we do know is that a controversial novel—many called it Islamophobic—was featured on Charlie Hebdo's cover this week. It’s also now on top of Amazon.fr’s reading list.

Submission, which hit shelves today, takes place in the year 2022, in which France elects an Islamist president. The Telegraph has the story of the story: "The new president then proceeds to Islamise the EU, with Turkey and various north African countries joining the bloc."

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The Telegraph spoke to author Michel Houellebecq, who denied that the book is Islamophobic, but it's hard to see how the plot wouldn’t be interpreted as just that. Charlie Hebdo's cover showed a loony-looking Houllebecq making various predictions about 2022, like he’d lose his teeth.

In other words, the latest cover of the magazine that was targeted today appears to have been poking fun at an alleged Islamophobe. Now, beyond all the death, one result of the attacks is that the alleged Islamophobe's book is selling a lot of copies.