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Defiant Charlie Hebdo depicts Prophet Muhammad on cover

  • 13 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
Media captionStaff at the magazine have been busy working on the new edition

This week's edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will show a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign.

Above the cartoon are the words "All is forgiven". This comes after Islamist gunmen last week raided the magazine's Paris office, killing 12 people.

Meanwhile, French MPs will gather for the first time since the attack.

In Israel, the funerals will be held for four Jewish victims of a separate Paris shooting by an Islamist gunman.

A total of 17 people were killed in three days of terror attacks in the French capital last week.

About 10,000 troops are being deployed across France after the attacks, and a huge unity rally was held in Paris on Sunday.

'Not giving in'

The latest cover of Charlie Hebdo has been published in advance by French media. Outside France, the Washington Post, Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine, Corriere della Sera in Italy and the UK's Guardian are among publications to show the cartoon.

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Image caption Mourners at the funerals of victims of the supermarket killings have begun gathering in Israel
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Image caption The bodies were flown overnight from France to Israel

The slogan in French "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") was widely used following the 7 January attack on the magazine, as people sought to show their support.

Three million copies of Wednesday's edition are being printed. Normally only 60,000 are sold each week.

Charlie Hebdo's lawyer Richard Malka told France Info radio: "We will not give in. The spirit of 'I am Charlie' means the right to blaspheme."

Survivors of the massacre have been working on the magazine from the offices of the French daily newspaper Liberation.

Five of Charlie Hebdo's cartoonists - including the editor - were killed in the attack.

The new edition will be created "only by people from Charlie Hebdo", its financial director, Eric Portheault, told AFP news agency.

Contributions from other cartoonists were declined.

Eulogies

The four Jewish victims of the supermarket attack - Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada - will be buried at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem on Tuesday.


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  • Yohan Cohen, 22, worked at the kosher supermarket
  • Philippe Braham, 45, was a business manager for an IT firm
  • Yoav Hattab, 21, was a student and the youngest supermarket victim
  • Francois-Michel Saada, 64, was a former pension fund manager

Their bodies arrived before dawn on a flight from France for the ceremony which is due to take place around noon local time (10:00 GMT).

The victims' relatives will recite a traditional prayer and read eulogies. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the families had asked for the burials to take place in Israel.

Mr Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will speak at the funerals - a measure of the connection Israel feels with events in Paris, the BBC's Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem reports.

Their challenge is to find words to address the sense in Israel that the dead were victims of a mood of anti-semitism as well as an act of Islamist extremism, our correspondent adds.

New footage

The violence began after brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi attacked the magazine's office. Witnesses said they shouted "we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" after the shootings.

The brothers were later killed by French security services after a stand-off north of Paris.

Separately, Amedy Coulibaly - whom investigators have linked to the brothers - had killed four people at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday before police stormed the building.

Coulibaly is also believed to have shot dead a policewoman the day before.

His partner Hayat Boumeddiene is now believed to be in Syria. She has been identified as a suspect by French police, although she left France before the attacks.

Six people suspected of belonging to a cell behind the Paris attacks are still thought to be at large, French police have told AP news agency.

It quotes police as saying they are searching the Paris region for a Mini Cooper car registered to Boumeddiene.

Newly-released CCTV footage appears to show her arriving at an Istanbul airport in Turkey on 2 January.

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