Charlie Hebdo attack: One million copies of magazine will be published as French media vow to keep it running

Journalists have promised to ensure the magazine is still published 

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One million copies of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will be published next week as French media and journalists vowed to ensure it is printed.

The French newspaper Le Monde quoted Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, Richard Malka, as saying a million copies of the next edition of the magazine are due to be published on Wednesday. Its weekly circulation is believed to be around 45,000.

Patrick Pelloux, who writes a column for Charlie Hebdo, gave a tearful interview on Thursday where he also vowed the magazine would continue.

Mr Pelloux, who is also a doctor, was close to the building when the attack took place and was called to help the injured.

He told iTele of those killed in the attack: “They were extraordinary men and women.

“They were killed during a meeting discussing a conference on the fight against racism. Voila."

He stressed: “The magazine will continue.”

Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions released a joint statement in which they offered to help the publication continue.

They also urged other media outlets to follow suit and offer their assistance.

Their statement read: "Faced with horror, the groups Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions announce that Charlie Hedbo will be made available and its team will bring together all necessary means to ensure that Charlie Hebdo continues to live.

"The three groups invite the French media to mobilise this morning and come together to protect the principles of independence and freedom of thought and expression: guarantors of our democracy."

Twelve people were killed when gunmen stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, including eight journalists and two policemen.

Police are continuing a manhunt for French-Algerian brothers Cherif and Saïd Kouachi, who are believed to be in northern France.

On Thursday, French president Francois Hollande ordered flags at half-mast and a moment of silence to honour the victims of the shooting. The bells rang out at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral and public transport came to a standstill as the silence was observed.