‘French Rush’: New Charlie Hebdo Edition Feat. Prophet Mohammed Sold Out

New Charlie Hebdo edition is being sold like hotcakes.

The first edition of the popular Paris satirical weekly published several days after the deadly attacks by two Islamists was sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France on Wednesday, with people creating numerous qeues to buy copies to support the publication.

“I’ve never bought it before, it’s not quite my political stripes, but it’s important for me to buy it today and support freedom of expression,” confessed David Sullo who was standing at the end of a queue of two dozen people at a kiosk in central Paris.

A print run of up to three million copies has been set for what has been called “the survivors’ edition”, dwarfing the usual 60,000 run. But still, many outlets were selling out fast.

“It’s important for me to buy it and show solidarity by doing so, and not only by marching,” said 42-year old Laurent who was also standing for the new issue, adding that he had no guarantee he would get a copy as he had not reserved one the day before.

A few blocks away, by Jules Joffrin metro station in northern Paris, one newspaper seller said people were already waiting outside her shop when she opened at 6:00 am. “I had 10 copies – they were sold immediately,” she said.

The front page of the publication’s Jan. 14 edition features a cartoon of a tearful Mohammad with a sign “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) below the headline: “Tout est pardonné” (All is forgiven).

“I wrote ‘all is forgiven’ and I cried,” Renald “Luz” Luzier, who created the image, told reporters on Tuesday at the weekly’s temporary office at left-wing daily Liberation.

“This is our front page … it’s not the one the terrorists wanted us to draw,” he said. “I’m not worried at all … I trust people’s intelligence, the intelligence of humor.”

Inside the edition, the weekly’s usual irreverent humor was on display. One cartoon shows jihadists saying: “We shouldn’t touch Charlie people … otherwise they will look like martyrs and, once in heaven, these bastards will steal our virgins.”

“What makes us laugh most is that the bells of Notre-Dame rang in our honor,” the newspaper, which emerged from the 1968 freedom movement and has long mocked all religions and pillars of the establishment, wrote in an editorial.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, called for respect in the aftermath of the Prophet Mohammed Charlie Hebdo front cover. Earlier, a spokesman for the foreign ministry condemned the cover as “provocative”.

“We believe that sanctities need to be respected and unless we learn to respect one another it will be very difficult in a world of different views and different cultures and civilisations,” Mr Zarif said.

Marco, 43, a heating technician, was looking for two copies for his sister in Portugal but was told to come back tomorrow.

“To buy Charlie this morning is the best response to what’s happened,” he told the local news station. “It symoblises resistance, the desire for it to continue and develop. Everyone must buy it. They touched something fundamental in the French and in the whole of Europe regarding freedom of expression, freedom. The front page is pretty mild. It is more touching than provocative.”

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