Attack in France – Statements from the Presidents French and US
Gunmen in Paris have shot dead 12 people at the office of the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what authorities have called an apparent Islamist militant attack. Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, its editor, and other staff, were among those killed, as well as two police officers on the scene. A major police operation is still under way to apprehend three gunmen who fled by car.
Today, France has been attacked in his heart, in Paris, in the premises themselves a newspaper. The shooting of extreme violence has killed twelve people and injured many. Talented designers, brave reporters died. They were marked by their influence, their insolence, their independence for generations and generations of French. Here I want to tell them that this message of freedom, we will continue to advocate on their behalf.
This cowardly attack also killed two police officers, the very people who were responsible for protecting CHARLIE WEEKLY and the writing of this paper, which was threatened for years by obscurantism and defending freedom of expression.
These men, the woman died for their idea of France, that is to say freedom. I am here on your behalf, to express our gratitude to the families, tried, to the wounded and relatives, to all those who are now in their flesh bruised by this cowardly assassination. These are our heroes today and that is why tomorrow will be a day of national mourning. I have decreed. There will be twelve o’clock a moment of all public services, and I invite everyone to join. The flags will be at half-mast for three days.
Today is the entire Republic who was assaulted. The Republic is the freedom of expression. The Republic is the culture is the creation, the pluralism, democracy.This is what was intended by the assassins. This is the ideal of justice and peace that France carries everywhere on the international stage and the message of peace and tolerance that we also advocate through our soldiers to fight against terrorism and fundamentalism.
France received messages of solidarity and fraternity around the world and we have to take the full measure.We must respond to the height of the crime that strikes us first seeking the perpetrators of this infamy and ensure that they can be arrested, then tried and punished very severely. Everything will be done to apprehend. Today, the investigation advance under the authority of justice.
We must also protect all public places and the government has set up what is called the Vigipirate Bomber, that is to say, the security forces will be deployed everywhere, where there may be the start of a threat.
Finally, we must be ourselves aware that our best weapon is our unity, the unity of all our citizens face this ordeal. Nothing can divide us, nothing should oppose, nothing should separate. Tomorrow, I will convene the presidents of the two assemblies and the forces represented in Parliament to show our common determination.
France is great when it is able in a race to get to the highest level, that is to say, at his level, the level that has always been that France was able to overcome challenges. Freedom will always be stronger than barbarism. France has always defeated his enemies when she knew precisely to rally around its values. This is what I invite you to do. The gathering, the gathering of all, in all its forms, is what should be our response.
Beauteous face this ordeal. We will win because we have all the capabilities to believe in our destiny and nothing can make us fall by the determination of ours.
Let us come together.
Long live the Republic and long live France!
Statement From the President of th US:
I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.