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Jeannette Bougrab, the partner of slain Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, said Monday she wishes she had been the one who died in last week's attack on the satirical French magazine.

"I want to die, and it's very difficult for me to explain this," Bougrab — a law professor and former French government minister — said in an interview with MSNBC-TV's Ronan Farrow. "I prefer to die and let Charb [be] alive, you understand?"

Bougrab said she couldn't understand how Charbonnier could have been targeted when she was the one who had traveled to hot spots like Pakistan and Yemen, refusing to wear a veil as she interviewed senior Taliban leaders. "I'm alive, and he died in Paris, in the center of Paris," she said. "I don't understand."

Bougrab announced that she wouldn't be attending Charbonnier's funeral after the slain editor's family maintained that she wasn't actually his partner. In response, she released photographs of Charbonnier with her and her daughter, who she said called Charbonnier "Dad."



— M. Alex Johnson