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AP Photo/Thibault Camus. People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France's deadliest terror attack in living memory.

AP Photo/Thibault Camus.
People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France’s deadliest terror attack in living memory.

A Message To The World

Less than 12 hours after  the attack  that hit the offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing at least 12 people (including 10 employees of the weekly and two policemen), more than 35,000 people have  gathered  Place de la Republique in Paris to denounce the barbarism and terror.

People arrived quietly around 18 hours on the Republic Square. People of all generations, some with placards “I’m Charlie.” There was an awkward silence when, shortly before 19 hours, people began to shout and to respond: “We are Charlie”, “We do not fear”, “freedom of speech” and “freedom pencils” in waving pens. French people waving flags and singing the Marseillaise was booed. Some shouted “Fachos” other “no conflation” around the statue where candles were lit. The statue of the Republic Square wearing a black armband. There were so many people that we could not move until 7:45 p.m. when people began to disperse peacefully forever.

Throughout France, more than 100 000 people have responded to various calls relayed on social networks. They were between 13 and 15,000 in Rennes, between 10 and 15,000 in Lyon, 10,000 in Toulouse, Marseille 7000 and 5000 in Nantes, Grenoble and Bordeaux, according to police figures in these cities.

Daphne Mongibeaux

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  • Andy

    It is great to see people responding peacefully. I don’t think it will last though, unfortunately. Europe is sitting on a powder keg

    • Captain Darling

      Exactly Andy, until European govts. accept that they have a major problem, and start to do something about it, these attacks will go on. It’s nice to see 35,000 people holding pens, but what does it achieve? Diddly squat.

      • shykiwibloke

        I share your sentiment, yet any govt cant just come out and name the problem without having some sort of plan – and I dont know what the European nations can do given they face a multi-generational thing amongst their own citizens. So the catch 22 IMHO is to find a peaceful solution. However too many more incidents like this and the public will be demanding action – which is another kettle of fish altogether. Perhaps that is what the leadership in some jurisdictions is waiting for?

        • Captain Darling

          Look I totally agree there is no easy solution, but I think a cap on future immigration would be a good start.

        • Hoju

          The only way to a peaceful solution is for us all to submit, go and say prayers 19 times a day, and dress our women in burqas. Oh and become child abusers.
          I wonder how popular JK will be when he announces that.

      • Jimmie

        What it does show is that ‘the people’ are losing their pasivity towards the islamic problem. It may take a while but it will eventually lead to new governments who will deal with them.

        Sadly it will involve a whole lot more tears and bloodshed

        • Cadwallader

          They may well be losing patience with Islamos but are they really losing their “passivity?” You’re right there’s bloodshed on the horizon.

          • Aucky

            I agree 100%. Paris, Marseilles and the northern industrial cities are tinderboxes. This atrocity has the potential to set the French people off and who knows that’s maybe what this is all about.

  • Canucktoo

    I wonder what Mrs Merkel is thinking right now??

    • The wildman

      Exactly,”how’s that hopey changey thing working for you now” angey.

  • exactchange

    Just like America cannot unsee the twin towers, Australians will see Islam for years to come through a Martin Square lens, and the French though this lens. It will not be good for Muslims.

  • caochladh

    I suspect the DCRI or a sister organisation already knew about these mongrels given they were identified so quickly. I would also suspect that their hands were tied by the hand wringing liberals in doing anything about them prior to the outrage,

  • Michael_l_c

    If muslims are serious in being part of France the Imams need to condemn the murderers & call for their community to point our the killers and give evidence against them.
    This, obvously, was a professional attack even so someone will have suspicions.

    • As long as Islam comes before the nation, there is no solution.

      That is why it is so incredibly insane to allow Muslim immigration to continue to the point where the power of numbers start becoming viable.

      • Michael_l_c

        Years ago muslim leaders said they intended to make England the first European caliphate & the way to do it was out breeding. They are certainly doing that, have taken over huge parts of cities & now extremists flex their muscles.
        The English under blair were too weak and blind to the threat.

        • The wildman

          Yes and the most poular name for newborn boys in england?mohammad.

          • I.M Bach

            Sorry, but I had to check, and you’re right. “After hanging around the top spot for a few years, Oliver and Jack have lost their crowns. First seen in the top 100 boys’ names in the 1950s, Muhammad has finally taken the lead in 2014. The name can be spelled 10 different ways, so when they’re all added together, it jumps up to first place.”

    • TC in NZ

      Why would they start now? I don’t recall the Muslim community anywhere getting too worked up about 911 or Bali or anything in between those and this.

  • Betty Swallocks

    I wonder what it will take for people in general, specifically the media, to wake up to the reality of the threat posed by Islamic terrorists. A major sporting event disrupted perhaps? Rugby World Cup Final maybe?

  • Thersites

    From the point of view of the perpetrators this has been an incredibly successful operation and, at this point, whether they are captured or killed or escape will make no difference.

    Yes, today the French are waving their “Je Suis Charlie” signs but next week, next month, whenever there is the possibility of causing serious offence to the Muslems, people will take the easy option and remain silent. Newspapers, magazines and other businesses are commercial operations, they cannot turn their premises into fortresses, have 24/7 security and, even then, spend their lives looking over their shoulders. A whole, vast interlocking system has developed over the years so that even if one country tried to take effective action, the European Court of Human Rights or European Commission would block them. Look how long and how much money it took for the UK to deport just one terrorist.