French magazine Charlie Hebdo to release special issue one year after attack on offices

A poster reads 'Je suis Charlie' (I am Charlie) at Place de la Republique as people gather for a minute of silence commemorating those killed in a shooting at French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', in Paris on Jan 8.
A poster reads 'Je suis Charlie' (I am Charlie) at Place de la Republique as people gather for a minute of silence commemorating those killed in a shooting at French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', in Paris on Jan 8.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday (Dec 30) said it would release nearly a million copies of a special issue to mark a year since miltants killed a dozen people in its Paris offices.

The 32-page double issue - featuring a selection of drawings by the cartoonists who died in the attack, as well as by current staff and messages of support - will be released on Jan 6.

The provocative weekly became a household name when two Islamist brothers gunned down 12 people at its offices over its cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad.

A survivors' edition released a week after the Jan 7, 2014, attacks sold a record 7.5 million copies and boosted the magazine's circulation.

Charlie Hebdo said it had already received large orders for the new special issue from overseas, including 50,000 from Germany.

Currently it sells around 10,000 copies internationally and about 100,000 at French news agents, along with some 183,000 subscriptions.

The release comes at a time of heightened concern about more attacks in Europe after jihadists with links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed 130 people in Paris in November, in a wave of coordinated shootings and explosions.

On Wednesday, Brussels cancelled its New Year's Eve festivities over fears Islamists could be planning attacks on the city of 1.2 million, which is home to the headquarters of the European Union and Nato.