Charlie Hebdo to Print 1 Million Copies Next Week

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The Charlie Hebdo attacks, which left 17 people dead at the offices of the satirical magazine and a kosher supermarket, saw an outpouring of support for the magazine's freedom of speech, defined by the popular term: "Je Suis Charlie." Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Following a terrorist attack that killed 10 of their employees on Wednesday, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will still go to print this week. In fact, the Paris-based publication will amp up circulation from 60,000 copies to 1 million for next week's issue.

"We are all suffering, with grief, with fear," said Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux in an interview with Agence France-Presse. "But we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win,"

Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, a leading editor and cartoonist, was among the dead, as were cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Jean "Cabu" Cabut and Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac. But a handful of staff remain, including editor-in-chief Gerard Biard, and at least two members of the editorial team who were wounded in the attack.

Despite the increase in circulation, Richard Malka, the magazine's attorney, said Charlie Hebdo's issue this week will be shorter, just eight pages compared to the usual 16. Because the attack took place at the office of the magazine, the staff will put it together at a different location.

In the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting, three French media companies offered both employees and support to keep the magazine afloat. But it remains unclear if Charlie Hebdo has taken anyone up on the offer.

"Charlie has to come out," said Emmanuel Hoog, the head of Agence France-Presse. "To not do so would be an abdication."

French officials have also shown support for future editions of the magazine. "We have a mission—we have to organize ourselves so the next edition of Charlie Hebdo comes out," said Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin. The country's justice minister, Christiane Taubira, determined public aid "would be justified" to ensure future printing.

As of Thursday afternoon, two of the alleged gunmen, Cherif and Said Kouach, were still on the loose, while a third, Hamyd Mourad, surrendered to French authorities Wednesday. During the attack, witnesses said the gunman announced their allegiance to Al-Qaeda. They also said the attackers carried out the assault because the magazine had lampooned the Prophet Muhammad in several cartoons, an act that Islam considers blasphemous.