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Year after Charlie Hebdo attack, France recalls and reflects

Paris attacks January 2015: Who were the victims?

In addition to the 11 killed and 11 wounded inside magazine’s offices, the attackers slew a French National Police officer responding to the massacre.

The magazine, the editorial argues, forgets that religious leaders of every faith reject violence in the name of religion.

Copies of the latest edition of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo displayed at a kiosk in Nice, France, today.

Pope Francis has been an outspoken critic of Charlie Hebdo in the past, saying: “You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith”. One million copies were printed, far above the usual 80,000 to 100,000 copies, and they are selling like the proverbial stack of hotcakes, Perhaps because of the outrageous numbers of Parisians grabbing up the issues, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican-based newspaper, retorted with a scathing commentary condemning the cover. She said more should have been done to protect her husband’s life and the lives of those killed in the Paris attacks last November. The Kouachi brothers were later killed in a shootout with police.

On Wednesday it published a typically provocative special edition featuring a gun-toting God, sparking protests from the Vatican.

A survivors’ edition of the magazine released a week after the January attack sold a record 7.5 million copies.

Charlie Hebdo’s editor spoke about how the paper has dealt with the past year, “we’ve had to rebuild the newspaper, we’ve had to rebuild ourselves, confront our pains”.

The controversial cover commemorates a year since the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters, which left 12 people dead and led to a global debate on religious extremism and freedom of speech.

And Charlie has continued to raise ire, refusing self-censorship in the wake of the attacks, working from ultra-secure offices in a top-secret location. “We want to beat the crap out of those who wanted us to die more than ever”. “They aren’t going to see Charlie die, it is Charlie in that is going to see them die”, he added.

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