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Hebdo 'survivors' issue' sells out

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 01:49

The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France. Julian Satterthwaite reports on the huge numbers of people who are buying up copies to support the satirical weekly.

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++NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS EDIT REPLACES THE EARLIER VERSION, 3130 WHICH CONTAINED A BRIEF SHOT OF THE FRONT COVER OF CHARLIE HEBDO++ A pre dawn sell out at many Paris newsstands. The new edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine is on sale, just one week since Islamist gunmen massacred eight of its staff. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CUSTOMER, ANGELIQUE HIMEUR, SAYING: "I only went to one (news stand) because yesterday they were all out of stock. They have kept some for their family and relatives, but, I know it will be re published tomorrow and the day after, so we all hope to get one. Some people outside France, from China or the U.S., have asked me to book one for them so we'll all try to get it." The publication is set for a print run of five million copies. That compares with the 60 thousand normally released. The new issue has a characteristically provocative front cover, depicting a tearful prophet Mohamed under the slogan "all is forgiven". It was drawn by cartoonist Renald Luzier, known as Luz, who broke down at an emotional news conference on Tuesday. He described the moment the team settled on an image for the cover. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHARLIE HEBDO CARTOONIST RENALD LUZIER, KNOWN AS LUZ, SAYING: "We had found the front page, we had at last found this damned front page, and it was our front page, not the one the world wanted us to do, but the one that we wanted to do. It wasn't the front page that the terrorists wanted us to do, because there isn't a terrorist in there, there is just a man crying, a character crying, it's Mohammad, I'm sorry, we drew him again, but the Mohammad we drew is a man crying above all." There are no more cartoons of Mohammed on inside pages, but plenty satirising other faiths. The new Charlie Hebdo is being dubbed the "survivors' issue", with all proceeds going to victims' families. However many copies are sold, it marks a triumph over adversity for a traumatised team of journalists.

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Hebdo 'survivors' issue' sells out

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 01:49