Defiant Charlie Hebdo depicts Prophet Muhammad on cover

Armed French police have been deployed around key landmarks in ParisFrench police patrol near the Louvre museum. Photo: 12 January 2015

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 of 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.

People hold signs reading "Je suis Charlie" during a unity rally in Paris. Photo: 11 January 2015 On Sunday, about 1.5 million people rallied in Paris in a show of solidarity with the victims.

Members of the Zaka emergency response team pray beside the coffins of four victims of an attack at a kosher supermarket on Friday, before their transport from Paris to Israel for burial, 12 January 2015The four men killed in Friday’s supermarket attack will be buried in Jerusalem

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.

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.

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

The four Jewish victims of the supermarket attack will be buried at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem later on Tuesday.

The victims’ relatives will recite a traditional prayer and read eulogies.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also 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.

Boumeddiene's route

2 Jan: Flew from Madrid to Istanbul, accompanied by French citizen Mehdi Sabry Belhoucine. The pair attracted the suspicions of Turkish authorities, who put them under surveillance. They stayed at a hotel in the city for two days, where Boumeddiene is reported to have bought a mobile phone and SIM card

4 Jan: Domestic flight to Sanliurfa near Syrian border. She is reported to have made a number of calls to France from Turkey. The pair did not use their return tickets to Madrid, dated 9 January

8 Jan: Crossed into Syria. On the same day, her partner Amedy Coulibaly shoots dead a policewoman, using Boumeddiene’s car in the attack. The French authorities announce they are looking for her

10 Jan: Last recorded phone call, reportedly from the Syrian town of Tel Abyad – not far from the border


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