Charlie Hebdo, the controversial French magazine that was the target of a deadly attack on Wednesday will publish a million copies on next week's edition, compared to its usual print run of 60,000, its lawyer Richard Malka announced.
The publication, however, will have only eight pages, half of the usual 16, and will be put together outside the magazine’s headquarters, which remain not accessible following the attack in which twelve people were killed.
The irreverent weekly, created in 1970, has a long history of amusing and provoking its readers with mocking cartoons taking at politicians, religions and celebrities as a means of chipping away at the authority of sometimes self-aggrandizing leaders and institutions.
In related news and following the terrorist attack against the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine, the far-right National Front (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, has reiterated her plea to call for a referendum to reintroduce the death penalty in France if she is elected president in 2017.
“I personally believe that the death penalty should exist in our legal arsenal,” Le pen said in a TV interview with channel France 2.
“I would offer French citizens the possibility to express themselves on the topic through a referendum,” she added.
Death penalty was officially abolished in France in 1981.