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A cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammed holding up a sign saying “Je Suis Charlie” will feature on a special edition of Charlie Hebdo produced after last week’s newsroom massacre.

The magazine, which features the bearded figure with a tear in his eye under the message "all is forgiven", announced it would print three million copies in several languages instead on its usual 60,000 when it goes on sale on Wednesday.

The cover of the magazine was published online by the Liberation newspaper.

We asked people on the streets of Dublin, what they thought about Charlie Hebdo's 'Survivor' issue cover?

It is the first edition since two Islamist gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo's headquarters in Paris on 7 January and killed 12 people, in apparent revenge for the publication of cartoons featuring the prophet.

The armed killers, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, said they belonged to the jihadist group Al Qaeda in Yemen.

They were killed on Friday, as was an accomplice claiming to belong to the rival Islamic State group, Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered a policewoman and then four Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket.

The authorities say Coulibaly "undoubtedly" had an accomplice who has not been identified.

France has deployed nearly 5,000 police to protect Jewish schools and mobilised thousands more security forces in the wake of the terror attacks.

This morning, John Lichfield spoke to Newstalk Breakfast about the cover of the magazine and whether this would be considered by offensive: "It's not, I don't think, meant to be an aggressive front page."

"There will be a debate about how offensive this particular image is. I think it's meant to be a fairly reconciliatory image."

Originally published 12/01/15


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