PARIS (NBC/APTN-EBU-RTV) — People in Paris lined up at newsstands before dawn to buy the new issue of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. And within hours, the defiant new issue sold out, and 2 million copies will be published to the 3 million original run.
At first, 3 million copies of the satirical weekly were printed and distributed this morning — one week to the day after the attack by two gunmen who killed 12 people. Usually, 60,000 are printed. A distribution center outside of Paris prepared 6,000 thousand issues of the controversial paper early Wednesday morning. A spokesman for the distribution company said usually 800 issues are distributed from the center.
The latest issue maintains its intentionally offensive tone with a depiction of prophet Mohammed holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign. Above the cartoon, a headline read, “All is forgiven.”