The first edition of Charlie Hebdo after an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders called a moving work of art but critics saw as a new provocation.
French readers queued up at dawn for copies to show support for the newspaper, even as al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it ordered the killings because it deemed the weekly had insulted the Prophet.
Across the Middle East, Muslim leaders who have denounced the attack on the newspaper called for calm, while criticizing its decision to publish a fresh caricature of Mohammad.
Millions of copies of the “survivors’ edition” were printed in France, dwarfing the normal print run of 60,000. On the cover, a tearful Muhammad carried a sign reading “Je suis Charlie,” below the headline “All is forgiven.”