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Charlie Hebdo 'Survivors' edition' sold out

January 14, 2015 17:04 IST
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Charlie Hebdo thanked 'millions' of supporters 'who are really on our side, who sincerely and deeply "are Charlie",' an invocation of the 'I am Charlie' slogan that went viral the world over after murderers killed 17 people in Paris last week.

Image: The new edition of Charlie Hebdo ready for delivery at a press distribution centre in the suburbs of Paris. Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

A week after an attack on its offices in Paris left 12 people dead, the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo hit the stands on Wednesday with what it dubbed as the 'survivors' edition.'

The issue sold out within minutes.

The weekly printed five million copies of its latest issue, dwarfing its usual 60,000 print run.

Long queues formed at newsstands in France to grab the controversial edition.

Image: Parisians queue at a newspaper kiosk to get their copies of the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo. Some people waited for over an hour to buy a copy. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Though sales figures were not available, owners of several kiosks and newsstands in Paris said the issue disappeared from the stands early on Wednesday morning.

Following the demand, many vendors limited sales to one copy per person, CNN reported.

'Charlie has a lot of new friends,' says a letter on page two of the issue.

The weekly thanked 'millions' of supporters 'who are really on our side, who sincerely and deeply "are Charlie",' an invocation of the 'I am Charlie' slogan that went viral the world over after the January 7 attacks.

Image: Many vendors sold only one copy per person. Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images.

The profits from the sale of the issue will go to the families of those killed in the attack.

On Wednesday, Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack in a video purportedly issued by the group.

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