Charlie Hebdo to release 1 mn copies to commemorate attack

Paris, Dec 31 (IANS) Charlie Hebdo will release one million copies of a special issue on January 6, the eve of the first anniversary of the jihadi attack on the French weekly magazine that claimed 12 lives.

Financial director of the satirical publication Eric Portheault revealed that the edition, which will have 32 pages, instead of 16, will be sold at the usual price of 3 euros ($3.27), EFE news reported on Thursday.

In terms of content, Portheault explained that the issue will feature selected drawings from the cartoonists who were killed in the attack on January 7, 2015, as well as by current staff, together with messages of support.

A part of this special edition will go overseas, where the magazine has already received large orders.

Charlie Hebdo currently sells around 100,000 copies per week, although before the attack it usually sold about 30,000 and was facing financial difficulties.

A survivors’ edition of the magazine released a week after the January attack sold a record 7.5 million copies.

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