The latest cover of the magazine features a cartoon that tenuously links Italy's migration issues with the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in northern Italy. It depicts a black worker sweeping below the remains of the collapsed motorway bridge as cars fall to the ground.
The caption reads: “Built by Italians… cleaned by migrants.”
The cartoon has provoked angry reactions from several Italian politicians as the city of Genoa continues to grieve the death of 43 people
who died when the Morandi Bridge collapsed on August 14th.
Edoardo Rixi, Italy's vice-minister for transport and a Ligurian, led the calls of disgust.
“The French newspaper Charlie Hebdo is shameless and manages to surpass every limit of bad taste. Would this be satire? For me there is only one word: Disgusting,” posted Rixi on Facebook in reaction to the cartoon.
Italian Senator Marco Marsilio demanded the French ambassador be summoned and asked to intervene by Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reports
One response showed an emergency relief worker holding a child and putting out his hand to stop the grim reaper on skis depicted in the magazine's original cartoon.
Charlie Hebdo isn't afraid to offend, having previously published cartoons, for example, depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed – a major taboo in Islam.
Twelve people, including several of France's most popular cartoonists, died in an attack
on Charlie Hebdo's Paris office on January 7th, 2015.