In December of 2014, Edouard Baron Rothschild, from the French arm of The Rothschild family purchases the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
On January 7, 2015, about a month after the Rothschild acquisition of the paper, two gunmen armed with assault rifles and other weapons, forced their way into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper. They killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the islamist terrorist group al qaeda’s branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Ile-de-France region where five more were killed and eleven wounded.
On January 11, about two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France.
The following issue print of the magazine ran 7.95 million copies in six languages, compared to its typical print run of 60,000 only in French.