Charlie Hebdo's French cartoonist Luz, who drew the cover picture of the Prophet Muhammad after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly in January, has said he will no longer draw the prophet.

"He no longer interests me," Luz told Les Inrockuptibles in an interview published on its website on Wednesday.

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"I've got tired of it, just as I got tired of drawing Sarkozy. I'm not going to spend my life drawing them."

Yemen's al-Qaeda branch claimed responsibility for the attack when two masked gunmen killed 12 people at the office of the weekly magazine in Paris, along with two police officers.

Charlie Hebdo had angered the group by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is widely considered an insult to Islam.

For some Muslims, depicting the prophet is blasphemous, but Charlie Hebdo's first edition after the attack carried on its cover Luz's cartoon of a tearful Muhammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) sign under the words "All is forgiven."

In an outpouring of solidarity across France, Charlie Hebdo sold several million copies rather than its usual circulation of 60,000.

Source: Reuters