In an emotional interview with BFM-TV, contributor Patrick Pelloux declared that the paper would appear next week on schedule “because Charb, Cabu, Bernard Maris, Honor Elsa, Tignous, Mustapha, the guard who was charged with our security can’t have died for nothing.”
Speaking through tears, Pelloux, 51, an emergency services doctor and Charlie Hebdo columnist, was among the first to arrive at the paper’s offices immediately after the shooting and attempted to revive several of the victims. He described the scene as “a real massacre.”
In an extraordinary and symbolic move, the paper will have a press run of one million copies. Funding for the satirical journal’s exceptional return issue has been pledged from a number of French papers and publishers.
Google has also committed €250,000 to the underwriting, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.
A meeting was held Thursday afternoon at the Ministry of Culture to determine a plan for the paper’s continuation and interim support.
When Charlie Hebdo‘s offices were firebombed in November 2011, the paper was housed in the offices of the competing daily, Libération, for two months.
The offices of France Television, Le Monde and Radio France have offered the surviving staff “all the means at their disposal” so that the paper might continue.
The manhunt is still underway for two of the three suspects believed to have carried out the attacks. One of the suspects, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, turned himself in to police on Wednesday night.
Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, 34 and 32 respectively, are still on the run.