- Title: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo appears in German for first time
- Date: 1st December 2016
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NEWSPAPER KIOSK AT BERLIN'S FRIEDRICHSTRASSE REGIONAL TRAIN STATION DURING MORNING RUSH HOUR VARIOUS OF CHARLIE HEBDO MAGAZINE'S GERMAN EDITION ON DISPLAY AT NEWSPAPER KIOSK, WITH DRAWING OF CHANCELLOR MERKEL AND HEADLINE READING "VW BACKS MERKEL / A NEW MUFFLER AND YOU'LL BE RUNNING FOUR MORE YEARS" IN REFERENCE TO VOLKSWAGEN'S EMISSIONS SCANDAL AND MERKEL'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO RUN FOR A FOURTH TERM AT NEXT YEAR'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS VARIOUS OF VENDOR SELLING PAPERS MAN READING CHARLIE HEBDO (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY, MATTHIAS MILLER, SAYING: "I just bought Charlie Hebdo because I work at the German history museum and I bought it for our collection there, the first German language issue of this magazine. We also have the French issues from the time around the attack and so I thought the German issue has to be part of the collection as well." DETAILS OF COVER (SOUNDBITE) (German) CHARLIE HEBDO SUPPORTER, TIM WUENNEMANN, SAYING: "I just heard on the radio that the first German issue went on sale today. Unfortunately, I don't speak French so this is maybe a way to express my solidarity. Satirical magazines, apart maybe from 'Titanic,' are no longer in fashion. But for me this is more a feeling that I support this and I want it to continue now that it just started." CHARLIE HEDBO ON DISPLAY
- Embargoed: 16th December 2016 09:35
- Keywords: Germany charlie hebdo issue Paris
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA0015B1W4LJ
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- Story Text: Almost two years after Islamist militant attacks on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a German issue has hit newspaper stands in Germany on Thursday (December 1).
Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical covers gleefully ridiculing political and religious leaders, lost many of its top editorial staff when two Islamist militants broke into an editorial meeting on Jan. 7, 2015 and raked it with bullets.
The cover of the first German issue shows a drawing of Chancellor Angela Merkel lying on a hydraulic ramp, with a VW mechanic working underneath, holding a muffler.
"VW backs Merkel," the cartoon reads and continues with the mechanic saying "a new muffler and you'll be running four more years," a reference to the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal and Merkel's announcement to run for a record fourth term at next year's elections.
One man who bought one of the first copies of the new magazine at Berlin's Friedrichstrasse train station, Matthias Miller, said he was working for the German history museum.
"We also have the French issues from the time around the attack and so I thought the German issue has to be part of the collection as well," Miller said.
Tim Wuennemann, another passer-by who bought a Charlie Hebdo issue, said "I just heard on the radio that the first German issue went on sale today."
"Unfortunately I don't speak French so this is maybe a way to express my solidarity."
According to German media reports, an initial run of 200,000 copies is to be printed in Germany, including both translated and original content.
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