CHARLIE REDUX: Charlie Hebdo, which on Wednesday will publish its first issue since the slaying of 12 people at the satirical magazine’s Parisian headquarters last week, is to front the edition with a cartoon of Muhammad shedding a tear and holding up a sign saying “Je Suis Charlie” (“I Am Charlie”) — which has become France’s unofficial rallying cry since the massacre. Above is written the words: “Tout est Pardonné” (“All is Forgiven”).
Renald Luzier (aka Luz) signed the drawing.
Libération, the newspaper housing Charlie employees, tweeted about the edition. Its Web site also said that rather than printing Charlie Hebdo’s habitual 60,000 copies, 3 million will come out. (It had formerly been announced at 1 million.)
Libération explained there had been “an avalanche of requests in France and abroad.”
Work on the issue (number 1,178) finished Monday evening. It will be translated into English, Spanish and Arabic for the online version. The paper edition will come out not only in French, but in Italian for distribution with Il Fatto Quotidiano. The Turkish iteration is to appear with Cumhuriyet Gazetesi. The issue will be sold for two weeks.
As reported, France has been stepping up its security in wake of the terrorist attacks in France that left a total of 17 dead. On Monday, it deployed 10,000 troops in an unprecedented mobilization of the country’s armed forces on domestic soil.
In other Charlie Hebdo-related news, Elle France’s edition due out on Wednesday — two days prior to its traditional Friday publication day — has a section paying homage to the victims of last week’s terrorist acts. The cover features an illustration of a white dove holding a green pencil in its beak done by Soledad Bravi (known as Soledad). “Je Suis Charlie” appears in the upper right-hand corner, slightly overlapping the Elle logo, which looks to be hand-drawn.