The Simpsons pays tribute to victims of Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris

The episode closed with baby Maggie holding a 'Je Suis Charlie' flag in solidarity with the journalists at the French magazine

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The Simpsons has paid tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of journalists at French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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A new episode of the cartoon broadcast last night on US network Fox closed with an image of solidarity with the victims of the Paris attack. 

The episode titled Bart’s Best Friend was written by Knocked Up producer Judd Apatow 24 years ago and shows Homer hypnotised into believing he’s a young boy again.

After last week’s tragic events in France, the programme-makers decided to end with an image of baby Maggie against a red, white and blue background as she waves a flag bearing the slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ –  a tribute used around the world as a mark of unity for the victims of the killings.

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The Simpsons animators are the latest to respond to the attack, with many cartoonists creating artwork in support of the murdered civilians. At Sunday night’s Golden Globes, George Clooney, Helen Mirren and more also paid tribute to the victims.