The next edition of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, which faced an attack Wednesday that left 12 people dead, will come out next week, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, citing sources at the magazine. Meanwhile, police continued to hunt for two of the three suspects involved in the attack.
Patrick Pelloux, one of the surviving editors at Charlie Hebdo, said that the magazine's staff will meet soon to try and release the next issue on schedule. Of those killed by the attackers on Wednesday, 10 were journalists at the publication while two were police officers. Five of the magazine's cartoonists were among those killed in the attack, which was reportedly perpetrated to avenge the publication of cartoons making fun of the Prophet Muhammad.
"It's very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win," Pelloux said, according to AFP.
On Thursday, France observed a minute's silence to pay tribute to the victims of Wednesday's attacks. People across the country stood quietly in public squares, schools and outside offices as bells rang at the historic Notre Dame cathedral and other churches, AFP reported. And, despite the French parliament being closed this week, nearly a 100 lawmakers and senior officials gathered at the National Assembly to pay tribute.
"We want to inform French people of our mobilization and also welcome the rallies held by our fellow citizens yesterday and again today, and certainly again at the weekend, and this willingness to fight for our democracy, for our tolerance," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, according to AFP, adding: "I also call on everybody to be responsible."
The youngest suspect, who was involved in the Wednesday attack, surrendered while police reportedly located two others near a town north of Paris. About seven people, identified as friends and acquaintances of the suspects, have also been detained for questioning. And as police continued a manhunt, reports emerged of shots being fired at police officers, two of whom were hurt and one policewoman subsequently succumbed to her injuries. One suspect was arrested in the incident, which may or may not be connected to Wednesday's attack, while the gunman escaped using the city's metro, according to AFP.
A separate bomb explosion occurred at a restaurant near a mosque in the town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, east of Paris, but there were no reports of any casualties. Suspicious luggage found at the city's Gare du Nord train station led to its evacuation, according to reports, which added that the station was later partially reopened. Meanwhile, there were several attacks against mosques across the country even as moderate Muslims condemned the attack on Charlie Hebdo and urged imams of local mosques to do the same during Friday prayers.