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World leaders and dignitaries, including (L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Queen Rania of Jordan attend a mass unity rally following the recent Paris terrorist attacks in Paris.Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande has said that the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo "is alive and will live on".

The magazine came out with its latest issue since the shooting at its offices, where 12 people were killed and five others shot dead by Islamist gunmen in related incidents last week.

Around five million copies of the latest issue of the magazine that carries a caricature of Prophet Muhammad on the cover page were sold out within hours on Wednesday.

According to the BBC, President Hollande said: "Charlie Hebdo is alive and will live on".

"You can murder men and women but you can never kill their ideas," he said, adding that the magazine had been "reborn" in a week after the killings.

In the latest issue called the "survivors' issue", the cover page cartoon is of Prophet Muhammad weeping while holding a sign saying, "I am Charlie", and the headline below it reads: "All is forgiven."

The survivors issue is available in six languages and the proceeds from the issue will be handed over to the victims' families.

Meanwhile, a video purportedly from the al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) has surfaced online claiming that the Islamist group had planned and financed the attack as "vengeance for the Prophet". However, there is no evidence that to support the claims.

Earlier, the AQAP had hailed the attack but not acknowledged its role in the operation.

The former editor of the magazine along with seven journalists, and four others were massacred by brothers, Said Kouachi and Cherif on 7 January.

Post the attack, massive unity rallies have been held in France attended by world leaders.