Controversial mag Charlie Hebdo to start German edition

Controversial mag Charlie Hebdo to start German edition
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The famed French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo is starting up a German edition as soon as next month, the publication has confirmed.

The French weekly, which gained tragic worldwide attention due to a terrorist attack on its offices in 2015, is starting up a German version as soon as December 1st, costing €4, according to German media news site Meedia.

A spokeswoman for the publication also confirmed to news agency AFP that the first edition would start with 200,000 copies printed.

The German version will consist mainly of articles and cartoons translated from the French, but its editors also want to create German content, she said.

According to Meedia’s sources, the magazine attracted more interest in Germany after the attack in which 12 of its staff members were killed by gunmen linked to an al-Qaeda branch in Yemen. The phrase “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) spread through Germany and internationally on social media as a sign of solidarity.

Germans bought 70,000 copies of Charlie Hebdo's “survivors' edition”, which appeared one week after the massacre, and sales of the French edition stand at about 1,000 a week in Germany today, according to AFP.
The continued interest in Germany led Charlie Hebdo to decide to start up a German version, according to Meedia.
Charlie Hebdo, which provides part of its content in English on its website, sells 60,000 copies a week on the newsstand and has 50,000 subscribers.
Its introduction in German would create more competition for Germany's two leading satirical monthlies, Titanic and Eulenspiegel.

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