'Reborn' Charlie Hebdo buries its dead

'Reborn' Charlie Hebdo buries its dead
People queue to buy a copy of a second print run of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo at a store in Brussels, early on Jan 15.

PARIS - Two of Charlie Hebdo's best-known cartoonists were to be buried on Thursday, as the "reborn" satirical magazine flew off the shelves but sparked fury in some parts of the Muslim world for depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Georges Wolinski, 80, and Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac, 57, were to be laid to rest in private family funerals after they were gunned down by two Islamist brothers in last week's attack claimed by Al-Qaeda.

After the shooting at the magazine, which killed 12 people, the French battled to get their hands on the "survivors' issue" which sold out on Wednesday before more copies of an eventual print run of five million hit newsstands.

Long queues formed throughout France again on Thursday as copies quickly ran out.

"Charlie Hebdo is alive and will live on," Hollande said Wednesday. "You can murder men and women, but you can never kill their ideas," he said, declaring the previously struggling weekly "reborn".

The Charlie Hebdo assault was followed by an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris by a gunman claiming to have coordinated his actions with brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.

In all, 17 people died over three days in the bloodiest attacks in France in half a century, which ended when commando units stormed twin hostage sieges and killed all three gunmen.

In Wednesday's new edition of Charlie Hebdo, the prophet is depicted with a tear in his eye, under the headline "All is forgiven". He holds a sign reading "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie), the slogan that has become a global rallying cry for those expressing sympathy for the victims and support for freedom of speech.

Meanwhile debate was mounting in France over where freedom of expression begins and ends.

Millions rallied in support of free speech after the assault, while French prosecutors, under government orders to crack down on hate crimes, have opened more than 50 cases for condoning terrorism or making threats to carry out terrorist acts since the attack.

They include one against controversial comedian Dieudonne, who was arrested Wednesday over a remark suggesting he sympathised with one of the Paris attackers.

A 21-year-old in Toulouse was also sent to prison for 10 months on Monday under France's fast-track court system, for expressing support for the jihadists.

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