The print run for Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since the attack on its offices was extended to 5m copies, with huge sums apparently changing hands.
There were long queues around kiosks in France as the paper sold out, forcing the paper to extend its print run to 5m copies. In the UK, there was also sustained interest, with reports that a copy had sold for as much as £100,000 on ebay. The retail price is €3.
Many people reportedly bought the magazine in support of free speech, with hundreds of copies being sold in the first few minutes. The sales figures were stunning, given the magazine usually sells around 60,000 copies.
According to the Guardian, a language student from Exeter University living in Paris said he heard a woman shouting “I’m buying a piece of history.”