Charlie Hebdo writer Patrick Pelloux has said the magazine will continue to be printed despite yesterday's terror attack on their offices which killed 12 people, including the magazine's editor and chief cartoonist, Stéphane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”.
In a tearful appearance on French TV station iTele, Pelloux said he had not attended the magazine's editorial meeting, which was stormed by gunmen, because he had another engagement.
"Around 11.30am my phone rang," Pelloux, who writes a column for the magazine about his work as a doctor said. "It was Jean-Luc, the graphic designer, who said 'Come on, we need you, they fired'."
He went on: “I thought it was a joke. I thought they had finished early and they wanted us to drink a shot soon."
Despite the horror, he said the magazine would continue."Charb would have wanted you to be told: 'We will not stop,'" he said. "Freedom of the press and thought must continue."
Stupidity will not win.
- Patrick Pelloux
A lawyer for the magazine later told Le Monde that the next issue of Charlie Hebdo will be published next Wednesday, and they will print one million copies rather than the magazine's usual circulation of between 45,000 and 60,000.
Ten editorial staff and two policemen were murdered in the terror attack, which it is thought was carried out by Islamist extremists. The gunmen remain at large.