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WHERE IS CHARLIE? Cautious retailers anxious not to upset customers Irish newsagents to hide French magazine.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY ADELINA CAMPOS

IRISH newsagents will hide copies of Charlie Hebdo to avoid offending their customers, a leading retail organisation claims.

The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) believes most stores who have ordered the satirical French publication will not want to publicise it.

Close to 2,000 copies of the 'survivors' edition' were ordered by 122 retailers across the country following a terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead last week.

The publication has yet to reach our shores after the UK distributor supplying Irish shops received only 100 copies.

Vincent Jennings, CEO of the CSNA, told the Irish Sunday Mirror: "Charlie Hebdo didn't come into the country [on Friday].

"The orders are still with the distributor and when they get sufficient copies, they'll be delivered either in full or on a pro-rata basis.

"We anticipate that the copies will come next week. It's a matter of just 'wait and see'."

Mr Jennings said that those looking to get their hands on the one-off issue could still contact their local newsagents.

"People have the opportunity over the weekend, if they so want, to order more or additional, and newsagents may chose to take it on board."

It is widely believed that Charlie Hebdo was targeted because of its many controversial cartoons depicting prophet Muhammad.

Two gunmen, linked to Al-Qaeda in Yemen brutally murdered 10 journalists, and two policemen, on January 7. One of their associates then blasted a policewoman to death in Paris, and killed four other people he held hostage at a Jewish mini supermarket two days later.

This week, Charlie Hebdo increased its usual print run from its usual 60,000 copies to 3million as an act of defiance. And a further 2 million copies of the controversial weekly publication were printed to be distributed around the world after the first run sold out.

People around the world have re-printed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a show of support, but Mr Jennings believes that most Irish newsagents will not put it on shelves.

He explained: "Not everybody may place them on display, they may make people aware that they have them.

"But rather than causing offence or causing outrage from somebody, they may have five or six [copies] over from their order and elect merely to have a note saying that it's available, without it being on display.

"We're not out to offend our customers." Charlie Hebdo will retail at around [euro]5.25 in Ireland.

It may not be on display but customers will be made aware that it is available VINCENT JENNINGS CSNA BOSS YESTERDAY

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