Remaining Charlie Hebdo staff crack on with new issue

Surviving employees of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that lost its top staff to gunmen in a Paris attack this week, started work on a new issue on Friday in premises loaned by the newspaper Liberation.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin visited Liberation in a show of support for the journalists, cartoonists and others shown into the building in central eastern Paris.

Among the employees were one of its columnists, Patrick Pelloux, and its lawyer, Richard Malka, who had told AFP on Thursday that a special “survivors’ issue” of Charlie Hebdo would come out next Wednesday, with one million copies printed instead of the usual 60 000.

The massive print run is a sign of defiance after two gunmen using automatic rifles mowed down the newspaper’s staff during an editorial meeting on Wednesday this week. 

Twelve people were killed, including five of the newspaper’s most prominent cartoonists, and two policemen.

The surviving staff members were met by Liberation‘s bosses and shown to an area donated to them to work on the issue.

“There are around 30 people with Charlie Hebdo. They need to be able to work with humour,” one of the bosses, Laurent Joffrin, told reporters.

“We are hosting them because they don’t even have a pencil. Their computers and all their equipment have been sealed” in their bloodsoaked offices a few streets away, said another, Pierre Fraidenraich.

Another French newspaper, Le Monde, supplied the Charlie Hebdo team with computers, in a sign of solidarity by media after the attack.

France’s culture minister said on Thursday she was looking at injecting around one million euros ($1.2-million) into Charlie Hebdo to ensure its survival.

The push to bring out the new edition of Charlie Hebdo was going on as elite French police mounted an operation in a village near Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, just north of the capital, to “neutralise” the two gunmen suspected of being responsible for Wednesday’s attack.– AFP

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