Keyword: Charlie Hebdo
With tension building, Muslim leaders advised veiled women to avoid going out alone and urged members to join in national minute of silence.
The hunt is focused on an area of Picardy where the two fugitives were reportedly last seen on Thursday morning when robbing a petrol station.
For the second night running, in towns and cities across France people honored those who paid with their lives for press freedom.
Police hunting two men identified as the suspected gunmen behind Wednesday's massacre centre their search on countryside north-east of Paris.
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The government, the Left and most leaders on the Right have joined calls for “national unity” or a form of national union as the French nation collectively mourned those killed in Wednesday's murderous attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Senior figures across the political spectrum will also take part in Sunday's 'Republican march' in Paris as an act of solidarity. But already some politicians on the hard right, and notably those in the far-right Front National (FN), have raised doubts about the national consensus. In particular the FN's president Marine Le Pen has reacted angrily to the fact that so far she has not been invited to the weekend march. As Mathieu Magnaudeix and Marine Turchi report, the far-right has in fact already started to play on the fears of French citizens in the wake of the massacre.
The massacre that took place at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning is an act without precedent, writes Mediapart editor François Bonnet. The killers who targeted the satirical magazine also attacked the very heart of what makes a democracy, freedom of the press and, beyond that, our individual and collective freedoms.
The attack by gunmen on the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday came almost nine years after the French satirical magazine found itself at the centre of a fierce controversy for first reproducing in France the so-called ‘Prophet Muhammad caricatures’ originally published in a Danish newspaper. Charlie Hebdo has since continued to publish cartoons that mock Islamic fundamentalism, prompting the anger of a section of Muslims in France and abroad, and which led to a devastating firebomb attack on its offices in 2011. The magazine has regularly defended its position as that of a satirical publication that is equally irreverent towards the hypocrisies of all religions. Dan Israel traces the bitter background to Wednesday’s horrific outrage.
Three suspects were identified late Wednesday in the hunt for the gunmen who earlier in the day attacked the offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which left 12 people dead and another 11 people wounded, four in a serious condition. Senior members of Charlie Hebdo’s senior editorial staff were killed in the attack, including editor Stéphane Charbonnier, and some of the country’s most celebrated cartoonists, Cabu, Philippe Honoré, Wolinski and Tignous. Economist Bernard Maris, columnist Elsa Cayat, copy editor Mustapha Ourrad, a visitor to the offices, a caretaker and a police officer - Charbonnier's personal guard - were also shot dead. Witnesses say the gunmen shouted “God is Greatest” in Arabic as they left the building, after which they shot dead another police officer during their getaway. One of the three suspects, initially believed to be the driver of the vehicle, has since been arrested after he reportedly presented himself to police in the eastern French town of Charleville-Mézières after seeing his name circulating on social media. Police identified the two main suspects as Saïd Kouachi, 34, and his brother Chérif Kouachi, 32. Late Wednesday evening, forensics officers searched an apartment in Reims, east of Paris, and police have detained seven people said to be close to the Kouachi brothers. Earlier on Wednesday President François Hollande revealed that “several terrorist attacks have been foiled in recent weeks”. On Wednesday evening an estimated 100,000 people gathered in cities and towns across France for a moving display of gatherings in solidarity with the victims of the attack. President Hollande announced that Thursday would be a day of mourning across France.
The victims, who include two police officers, were killed after hooded gunmen attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine.
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