Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris last year, will launch a German edition next week.
German readers were among the most supportive of Charlie Hebdo following the attack on Jan. 7, 2015, in which jihadis gunned down 12 people at the weekly’s Paris office.
The incident set off an outpouring of sympathy and support for the magazine, with the motto “Je Suis Charlie” trending worldwide on social media. The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the attack sold more than 8 million copies, including 70,000 in Germany.
But while interest in the magazine has since fallen off in other countries, one can still find issues of Charlie Hebdo on newsstands across Germany, and sales of the French edition stand at around 1,000 a week.
The first German Charlie Hebdo will have an initial print run of 200,000 and will consist mostly of articles and cartoons translated from the French edition. Editors, however, said they also want to create some original German content and were looking to collaborate with German cartoonists.
The French version of Charlie Hebdo has around 50,000 subscribers and sells about 60,000 copies per week on newsstands.
Germany already has a number of satirical magazines, including Titanic and Eulenspiegel, which features Charlie Hebdo-like cartoons and politically incorrect irreverence.