Customers shop at Bruna in Utrecht Centraal station, with a sign indicating Charlie Hebdo is not being sold that day. Jan. 15, 2015 (photo: Hans Alderliesten / Twitter) - Credit: Customers shop at Bruna in Utrecht Centraal station, with a sign indicating Charlie Hebdo is not being sold that day. Jan. 15, 2015 (photo: Hans Alderliesten / Twitter)
Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 12:04
Charlie Hebdo likely in stores Friday
Charlie Hebdo is now expected to appear in stores across the Netherlands this Friday, but there is still a chance they will not hit the shelves before the weekend. Scores of people across the country lined up at retailers early this morning prepared to fight for a copy of the satirical magazine, only to discover that they did not arrive. Dutch bookstore giants Bruna and AKO were set to receive just 500 copies of the magazine across the whole country. Distribution centers had anticipated receiving the magazine editions in time for early morning sale on Thursday. The cause for the delivery failure is unclear, but director of distribution firm Audax, Eric Willems stated that the printing office in Paris offers a "big apology". Willems admitted that it is now hard for the French distributors to "promise anything", but reported emphatic insistence that the eventual delivery to the Netherlands will be successful. The 500 promised copies are now set to arrive in time for sale on Friday morning.