Extra copies of Charlie Hebdo to hit Germany

Extra copies of Charlie Hebdo to hit Germany
A sign at a press kiosk reads "Charlie Hebdo is sold out". Photo: DPA
Germany will get more copies of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a spokeswoman for distribution company Deutsche Pressevertrieb (DPV) said on Tuesday.

The magazine's special edition, produced immediately after the attack by Islamist gunmen on January 6th, sold out in minutes last weekend after only 5,000 copies were delivered to shops in Germany.

But DPV says a further 30,000 will be available in kiosks from Saturday – a far cry from the seven million printed in France.

The news came the day after French author Michel Houllebecq, who published a novel called "Submission" (the literal translation of "Islam") the day of the attacks, spoke to a crowd in Cologne.

Some spectators had given away or returned their tickets – possibly out of fear of violence.

Houllebecq argues that his book – in which a fundamentalist Muslim politician is elected to the French presidency and imposes Sharia law – is not really an attack on Muslims.

In fact, he says, he attacks all illiberal politicians alike – including France's anti-Muslim Front National – along with their apathetic and easily-manipulated enablers among the public.

"If I had known about this before, I would have written my thoughts more cleanly, then everything would have been clearer", he told the audience.

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