Charlie Hebdo sells out in New York

2015-01-21 06:52

The first issue of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo printed since the Paris attacks finally arrived in the United States yesterday, and it took just one hour to sell out at a Manhattan bookstore.

Customers paid $6 (about R70) at the French-language bookstore Albertine on Fifth Avenue, which got 100 copies of the issue that defiantly displays the prophet Muhammad.

Two gunmen who shot and killed 12 people at the magazine’s office said they were avenging Muhammad – a frequent subject of ridicule in the magazine’s cartoons.

Until the Paris attack, the magazine was not normally distributed in the United States but in the days after the Paris shootings, New York magazine vendors fielded thousands of phone inquiries about it.

Two other independent bookstores in Manhattan have sold out of their 100 copies each – for a total of 300 available in New York. Another 300 copies are going to the rest of the country.

“We’re trying to get more, but I don’t know how many or even if we’ll get more,” said Flora Greeson, manager of Book Culture on the borough’s Upper West side.

Five million copies have been printed so far in France. A digital edition is available online.

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