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Charlie Hebdo Responds to Paris Attack

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FILE - In this Sept.19, 2012 file photo, Stephane Charbonnier also known as Charb , the publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, displays the front page of the newspaper as he poses for photographers in Paris.

FILE - In this Sept.19, 2012 file photo, Stephane Charbonnier also known as Charb , the publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, displays the front page of the newspaper as he poses for photographers in Paris.

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is using its latest cover to respond to last Friday’s terrorist massacre in Paris that killed 129 people.

The cover, which will appear Wednesday, features a dancing man drinking champagne, but the bubbly is pouring out of holes in his body.

"They have weapons," reads the top of the cover with "Screw them, we have champagne" written below.

Friday’s attacks in Paris took place in trendy nightspot areas and less than a year after terrorists murdered much of the editorial staff of the magazine.

Following that attack, the magazine’s cover depicted a crying Mohammed saying "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie").

In an editorial to be published Wednesday, the magazine’s managing editor, Riss, wrote: "Blood and tears, prophesied Churchill. That's where we are. Without realizing it, the Parisians of 2015 have sort of become the Londoners of 1940, determined not to yield, neither to fear nor to resignation, whatever catches them off guard."

Writing that Islam has “ "for the past 20 years has become a battleground where radicals want to exterminate non-believers and subdue moderates by force," Riss calls for more debate on the religion.

"Avoiding the pitfall of division should not make us renounce the right to criticize religion on the pretext that its exercise is sometimes irritating,” he wrote. “Among all the basic freedoms that make up our lives, it is also this freedom that the killers wanted to eliminate this Friday evening."

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