15 Jan 2015

Charlie Hebdo sells out in hours

10:17 am on 15 January 2015

Millions more copies of French weekly Charlie Hebdo are being printed after the first run sold out in hours.

Five million copies were being produced - up from three million planned - a week after Islamist gunmen murdered 12 people at its offices and five others in subsequent attacks in Paris.

Normally Charlie Hebdo prints 60,000 copies but the run increased steadily this week - from one million to three million to five million.

A woman displays the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shortly after it went on sale.

A woman displays the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shortly after it went on sale. Photo: AFP

The issue was available in six languages including English, Arabic and Turkish. Proceeds would go to victims' families.

The magazine's latest cover showed a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad weeping while holding a sign saying "I am Charlie", and below the headline "All is forgiven".

People wait outside a newsagents in Paris as the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo goes on sale.

People wait outside a newsagents in Paris as the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo goes on sale. Photo: AFP

"I am Charlie" emerged as a message of support for the magazine following the attack on 7 January, which left eight journalists, including its editor, dead in addition to four others.

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In a separate attack in Paris two days later, a gunman killed four Jewish men and took hostages at a kosher shop.

The same attacker was believed to have shot a policewoman the day before.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen appeared to have claimed the attack on the magazine.

A video purportedly from AQAP emerged but it did not provide any evidence to support its claims.

The group had previously welcomed the attack, without acknowledging any role in the operation.

The gunmen were said to have used earlier publication of images of the Prophet as justification for their attack on the magazine.

New threats

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Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi delivering a video message from an undisclosed location purportedly claiming responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Photo: AFP

The "survivors' issue" angered some Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad on its cover.

There were no further caricatures of the Prophet inside the magazine itself but there were several of Islamist extremists.

Charlie Hebdo's decision to publish another cartoon of the Prophet drew threats from militant Islamist websites and criticism from the Islamic world.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group said it was "an extremely stupid act".

A court in Turkey ordered a block on websites carrying the cover of the magazine.

Comedian arrested

Meanwhile, controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was arrested on Wednesday for "defending terrorism" after he likened himself to gunman Amedy Coulibaly.

A judicial source quoted by AFP news agency said he was due to be released but would face trial at a later date.

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala Photo: AFP

Police were also investigating 50 people suspected of "condoning terrorism" and 25 cases of people attacking or defacing Muslim places of worship.

- BBC