New Charlie Hebdo on sale

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Solidarity rally for attack of January 7, 2015 in Luxembourg Belgium [FILE PHOTO:Valentina Calà/CC BY-SA 2.0]

Paris: Three million copies of Charlie Hebdo are due to go on sale around the world on January 14, a week after the magazine's Paris offices were attacked.

The cover shows a weeping Prophet Muhammad, holding a sign reading "I am Charlie" with the words "All is forgiven" above him.

Zineb El Rhazoui, a journalist with the weekly, said the cover meant the journalists are forgiving the extremists for the attack.

Working out of borrowed offices, surviving staff published an unprecedented print run of 3 million copies — more than 50 times the usual circulation.

The special edition has been translated into six languages, including Arabic, and will be sold in 25 countries.

It was to appear on newsstands one week to the day after the assault by two masked gunmen that killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.

It was the beginning of three days of terror that saw 17 people killed before the three Islamic extremist attackers were gunned down by security forces.

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