Charlie Hebdo hits German newsstands

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(New York Times) The first German edition of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo arrived on newsstands Thursday, nearly two years after an attack on the publication’s headquarters in Paris killed top editors and contributors. The edition is a response to significant German interest in Charlie Hebdo after the attack, editors said this week.

“It’s an experiment,” Gérard Biard, Charlie Hebdo’s editor in chief, said on Wednesday. “It’s an answer to this particular interest, which is not only about what happened and freedom of expression but also about ideas.”

Mr. Biard said the paper had been the subject of numerous exhibitions, awards and news coverage in Germany since the attack on Jan. 7, 2015, in which two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, stormed the offices in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris with assault rifles, leaving 12 dead.

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