First Charlie Hebdo Issue Since Attack Flies Off Newsstands in France

Seventeen people were killed in Paris last week, beginning with the attack on the satirical weekly, when Islamist gunmen shot dead five of its leading cartoonists.

Yair Ettinger

PARIS - People have been standing in line at Paris’s newsstands since before dawn Wednesday morning. The most-uttered word at the newsstands is “Non.” They have run out of Charlie Hebdo, and no amount of pleading will help.


Some newsstands have copies of the magazine, which has published a special edition a week after the massacre that took place in its offices, but those copies are sold only to those who ordered them in advance. At the others, the copies have run out or have not yet arrived.

The core of the irreverent newspaper's staff perished a week ago when Islamist extremists stormed its offices, killing 12. Those who survived put out the issue that appeared on newsstands Wednesday, working out of borrowed offices, with a print run of 3 million — more than 50 times the usual circulation.

One newsstand just off Paris' Champs Elysee sold out at 6:05 A.M. — five minutes after opening. At Saint-Lazare, people hoping to buy a copy scuffled when they realized there weren't enough to go around.

The management of Charlie Hebdo, which put out the special edition in collaboration with, and assisted by, the French newspaper Libération, announced that distribution of the special edition would continue for roughly two weeks.

Prior to the massacre, Charlie Hebdo had a circulation of about 60,000. Circulation of the special edition is estimated at three million. The special edition will also be printed in other languages, including Arabic.

Stores and at newsstands are taking orders for the special edition, which will be available in a few days. Some sellers are asking for payment in advance. When we asked the proprietor of the newsstand at the Place de la Nation when we would be receiving the magazine, he said, “I don’t know. Tomorrow, it seems. For today, you can forget about it.”

Liberation newspaper revealed the front page of the January 14 edition via Twitter late on Monday - an image of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") below the headline "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven").

The newspaper appears as France's government prepares strict new anti-terror measures.

Meanwhile, another French satirical newspaper "Le Canard Enchané" has reportedly received death threats, too. The threats came by email Thursday, January 8, from the author or authors nicknamed "Cracked turban."

According to the message, the journalists of the newspaper will be attacked "with an ax." According to the reports, the prosecutor has taken the matter seriously and is investigating.

In Turkey Police stopped trucks as they left a pro-secular newspaper's printing center on Wednesday, and checked the paper's content after it decided to print a selection of Charlie Hebdo caricatures, the paper said.

Cumhuriyet newspaper said police allowed distribution to proceed after verifying that Charlie Hebdo's cover featuring the Prophet Mohammed was not published. The paper printed a four-page selection of cartoons and articles on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo but left out cartoons which Muslims may find offensive. However, two Cumhuriyet columnists used small, black-and-white images of the Charlie Hebdo cover as their column headers in Wednesday's issue.

"While preparing this selection, we respected societies' freedoms of faith and religious sensitivities," said Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Uktu Cakirozer.

"Following a large number of consultations we decided not to include the magazine's cover page," Cakirozer said. He did not mention the two columnists' decision to use images of the cover in their columns.

Caricatures featured in Cumhuriyet included some depicting Pope Francis and French President Francois Hollande and one referring to a massacre by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Police intensified security outside Cumhuriyet's headquarter and printing center as a precaution. A small group of pro-Islamic students staged a protest outside the paper's office in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.