WATCH: Jennifer Palisoc reports that the demand for Charlie Hebdo is skyrocketing in Toronto.
TORONTO – French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo plans to publish 1 million copies next week, in the wake of an attack on its Paris offices which left 12 people dead.
So where can you buy the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo? There’s at least one store in Toronto that is hoping to get just a few dozen copies.
“It’s very in demand right now because of what happened in Paris,” Cathy Ola, a spokesperson for Gateway Newstands at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue said in an interview Monday.
“Every time the phone rings people ask about Charlie Hebdo, are we going to have it, or if we can reserve it for them.”
The store is compiling a waitlist as people call to try to reserve a copy. Right now, 35 people are on the list. But Ola says she can’t promise anyone a copy as she doesn’t know how many she’ll receive until they are in her hands.
The store receives the magazine the week after its original publication date. More will be delivered Monday, but it will be the edition published last week on the day of the attacks.
“Some people have paid in advance already, just to make sure they get it,” she said.
The newspaper seller generally gets seven copies of the newspaper each week when only 60,000 copies are published.
A spokesperson for LS Distribution North America, the company distributing the magazines in Canada, said they’re expecting slightly more than 1,000 copies. Most of the copies will be sold in Montreal.
Typical Canadian distribution is 100 copies.
Indigo book stores are working to get copies of the next issue but don’t currently carry any.
Extremists carrying automatic rifles stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday during an editorial meeting, killing 12 people including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier, also known as Charb. Two police officers were also killed.
France declared Thursday a national day of mourning, but the attacks continued as gunmen stormed a Jewish grocery store.
– With files from Jennifer Palisoc