"One day, for a laugh, I will have to publish all the threats I received at Charlie Hebdo," French cartoonist Charb wrote in a book he finished just two days before being mowed down by jihadist gunmen.

In the essay to be published Thursday which at times feels chillingly prescient, Charb worries that the fight against racism is being replaced by a struggle against "Islamophobia", which he argues defends Islam more than it does Muslims as citizens who are targeted because of their religion.

He also defends Charlie Hebdo, whose controversial cartoons often landed it in hot water, particularly when it came to caricatures of Prophet Mohammed that saw Charb and colleagues get death threats and eventually led to them being killed.

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