The “survivors’ issue” of Charlie Hebdo will also be sold outside France next week because of the massive world attention for the satirical weekly following the massacre of its top staff — a turnaround for a publication that just a week ago was on the brink of folding.
The remaining employees of the publication are putting out the special edition next Wednesday, which they say will have one million copies printed instead of the usual 60,000.
The French company MLP that Charlie Hebdo is using to distribute its much-awaited issue has done deals with several other press distribution groups, notably Naville in Switzerland and SGEL in Spain, to sell the edition, industry sources say. Negotiations are going on with companies in other countries, such as Canada.
Many other countries that have never seen Charlie Hebdo — a comic-heavy newspaper that delights in breaking taboos and testing the boundaries of taste — are also calling for copies to come their way.
All of the companies involved in getting next week’s newspaper to the public promise to do so for free, and all money from sales of the issue are to go to the families of the 12 people murdered in the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices on Wednesday by two Islamist gunmen.