Standing Together in Defiance, 100,000 People Gather Across France

Mark Duell et al., Daily Mail, January 7, 2014

At least 100,000 people gathered across France tonight to back an anti-Islamist newspaper whose offices were devastated by a deadly terrorist attack.

Suspected Al Qaeda militants massacred 12 people in Paris today–and among those slaughtered was a police officer as he begged for mercy.

Tonight, thousands of people went to Republique Square near the scene to honour the victims, holding signs reading ‘Je suis Charlie’–‘I am Charlie’.


It came as a massive manhunt was launched to find the masked attackers, who earlier burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices brandishing Kalashnikovs.

They were named as Said Kouachi, 34, his brother Cherif Kouachi, 33, and Hamyd Mourad, 19, from the Paris commuter town of Gennevilliers.

The three suspects were tonight said by Metronews to be all French citizens–a homeless teenage man, and two brothers in their thirties.

There were disputed claims that the three men had been arrested 100 miles away in Reims, following a report by Libération. This could not be verified.

Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Clad all in black with hoods and speaking French, the militants forced one of the cartoonists–at the office with her young daughter–to open the door.

Witnesses said the gunmen shouted ‘we are from the Al Qaeda in Yemen’, and ‘Allahu akbar!’–Arabic for ‘God is great’–as they stalked the building.

They were also said to have yelled ‘the Prophet has been avenged’, during what was France’s deadliest post-war terrorist attack.

The attackers headed straight for the paper’s editor and cartoonist, Stephane Charbonnier, killing him and his police bodyguard.

The security had been recruited to protect him after extremists firebombed the offices in 2011 over a satirical cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed.

A year later, Mr Charbonnier famously dismissed threats against his life, declaring: ‘I would rather die standing than live kneeling.’

The militants also killed three other renowned cartoonists–men who had regularly satirised Islam–and the newspaper’s deputy chief editor.

Despite a shoot-out with armed officers, the gunmen escaped in a hijacked car and remained on the loose this evening.

This left the French capital in virtual lockdown as police and soldiers flooded the streets to join the search.

President Barack Obama offered U.S. help in pursuing the gunmen, saying they had attacked freedom of expression.

But it also emerged that the White House had previously criticised Charlie Hebdo in 2012 over its Prophet Mohammed cartoon.

At the time it had said that the images would be ‘deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory’.

Meanwhile, horrific footage emerged showing an injured police officer slumped on the pavement as two gunmen approached him outside the office.

In an apparent desperate plea for life, the officer is seen slowly raising his hand towards an attacker, who shoots him in the head at point-blank range.

Despite a fierce firefight with police, the men got away in a hijacked car, and, within an hour of the atrocity, appeared to have vanished without trace.

France raised its security alert to the highest level and reinforced protective measures at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation.

President Francois Hollande called the bloodbath a ‘barbaric attack against France and against journalists’ and vowed to hunt down those responsible.

Jacques Myard, French MP with opposition party UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), said: ‘We knew something would happen.

‘The (security) services used to say to us it’s not if but when and where. We know that we are at war.

‘The Western nations–like Britain, France, Germany–we are at war.’

The Queen today sent her ‘sincere condolences to the families of those who have been killed’ in the attack.

And Prime Minister David Cameron described the murders as ‘sickening’.

Twitter users responded to the Charlie Hebdo massacre with an outpouring of solidarity using the hashtag #jesuischarlie, which is trending online.

By 4.15pm, nearly five hours after the attack, it had already been tweeted more than 250,000 times, according to one social analytics website.


As well as the AK47 assault rifles, there were also reports of a rocket-propelled grenade being used in the attack.

It took place during the publication’s weekly editorial meeting at around 12pm (11am GMT), meaning all the journalists would have been present.

A young mother and cartoonist, known as ‘Coco’, who survived the massacre told how she had let the suspected Al Qaeda killers into the office.

Corrine Rey said she had returned from picking up her daughter from a nursery when she was confronted by two armed men wearing balaclavas.

‘I had gone to pick up my daughter at day care, arriving in front of the building, where two masked and armed men brutally threatened us,’ said Ms Rey.

‘They said they wanted to go up to the offices, so I tapped in the code,’ said Ms Rey, referring to the digi-code security system on the interphone.

Ms Rey and her daughter hid under a desk, from where they saw two other cartoonists being executed.

‘They shot Wolinski and Cabu,’ she said. ‘It lasted five minutes. I had taken refuge under a desk.’

Ms Rey said the men ‘spoke French perfectly’ and ‘claimed they were ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’.

Gunmen reportedly told another witness: ‘You say to the media, it was Al Qaeda in Yemen.’

A police source told the Liberation newspaper the gunmen were asking for the Mr Charbonnier by name, shouting: ‘Where is Charb? Where is Charb?’

The source added: ‘They killed him then sprayed everyone else.’

Mr Charbonnier was included in a 2013 ‘Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam’ article published by Al Qaeda propaganda magazine Inspire.

The latest tweet published by the newspaper’s official Twitter account earlier in the day featured a cartoon of Abu Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State.

In it, he wishes everyone ‘good health’. Cartoonists Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski were all also reported dead.

Radio France chief executive Mathieu Gilet later announced on Twitter that a contributor, Bernard Maris, was another of the victims.

Meanwhile, there were reports of a car explosion outside a synagogue in Sarcelles, in northern Paris, just hours after the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The blast, at about 1.30pm GMT, is not thought to be connected to the massacre, according to Paris Metro which quoted the mayor of Sarcelles.


A visibly shocked French President François Hollande, speaking live near the scene of the shooting, said: ‘France is today in shock, in front of a terrorist attack.

‘This newspaper was threatened several times in the past and we need to show we are a united country.

‘We have to be firm, and we have to be stand strong with the international community in the coming days and weeks.

‘We are at a very difficult moment following several terrorist attacks. We are threated because we are a country of freedom

‘We will punish the attackers. We will look for the people responsible.’


The offices of the same newspaper were burnt down in a petrol attack in 2011 after running a magazine cover of the Prophet Mohammed as a cartoon character.

At the time, the editor-in-chief, Stephane Charbonnier, said Islam could not be excluded from freedom of the press.

He said: ‘If we can poke fun at everything in France, if we can talk about anything in France apart from Islam or the consequences of Islamism, that is annoying.’

Mr Charbonnier, also known as Charb, said he did not see the attack on the newspaper as the work of French Muslims, but of what he called ‘idiot extremists’.

The cover showed Mohammed saying: ‘100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter’.


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  • anony

    Je suis Chariie!

    Ok France, lead the way! Change your government; take your country back! Throw the killers, all of them, out of your country right along with the traitors!

    • Chris R

      Throw them out of the country? No, they should be executed summarily by firing squad.

      • anony

        I agree with you that the 3 terrorists should be executed, but my point is that France should re-patriate all 3rd worlders, even if they are “French citizens”, and then exile the traitorous politicians who instituted the policy of letting these 3rd worlders into France.

        • Realist

          “….and then exile the traitorous politicians who instituted the policy of letting these 3rd worlders into France.”
          They were elected by the stupid white French people. Just like the stupid white people here.
          That is why Democracy is a failure.

          • anony

            Democracy is highly overrated!! It is the easiest system to manipulate, and that’s why the elites love it!!

          • Lkoehn

            Elected office was never meant to be a profession. There should be term limits on all elected offices from city to federal.

          • Realist

            You are exactly right. The corruption of buying votes is unbelievable. It is so easy to see I don’t know where it gets it’s popularity.

          • anony

            The popularity comes from those who benefit from it. Think about the fact that our two-party system is “managed” by the fed-gov through the Federal Election Commission.

          • Realist

            Yes, but if you took a poll the vast majority of Americans would rave how wonderful it is.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Perhaps to radical Islamic terrorist nations…?

    • Albert

      Lead the way indeed. Give the rest of Europe and the US an example to follow and kick those hateful, intolerant muslims out!

    • Realist

      Right! One hundred thousand French people is 0.001% of the total population….means nothing.

      • OS-Q

        It certainly means something considering that their country does not have freedom of speech. They are the vocal section of the silent majority.

        • Realist

          As I said means nothing, it will go nowhere.

          • anony

            We shall see.

        • Ron Cheaters

          Every despicable deed done by muslims is being collectively noted. once the tolerance threshold is overtaken. Victory over this muslim menace will taste so sweet.
          The question is what will be the deed that snaps the camel’s back?
          Truly, truly that cult is pure evil.

      • That’s not the right way to look at it. Street theater and showing up to protest isn’t the thing of most people. The right comparison is the turnout to this event compared to the turnout to other public protests.

    • 3G4Me

      With a h/t to Hunsdon (commenter at Steve Sailer)” I must disagree. ” It’s a shame they were gunned down, but my objection is more on
      general principles. People shouldn’t just be gunned down in our
      streets. They were hard left, anti religion, pro mass immigration, anti
      French nationalism. 68ers to a man.

      I am not Charlie.”

      On, Front National? Oui. On, French nationalism? Oui. Candlelight vigils? Bringing a candle to a gunfight. Charlie Hebdo? 68 radicals. The enemy of my enemy is NOT my friend.

      • anony

        Agree with you to a point, but I must say that “I am Charlie” when it comes to free speech!

  • Robonuts

    They can join the Germans who are protesting. Don’t look for many Brits or Swedes to protest.

    • Anna Tree

      Only whites in the demonstrations.
      And of course no looting.

    • Alucard_the_last

      Or white Americans who have become afraid of being called a racist.

  • #ViesFrançaisesComptent

    “French lives matter”

  • Luca

    “Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping
    funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and was sentenced to 18 months in

    This is the problem in a nutshell, a known terrorist given only 18 months. They should have confiscated his passport and deported him. I don’t care where he was born, he is not a member of French Society due to his criminal associations and acts. He and others like him are a cancer on the French people and culture.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I was impressed at how much they knew regarding how to get in the place. Wonder if they’d gotten to someone who worked there.

      • Sick of it

        Personally, I’m curious about the background of the woman who let them in.

        • Paul Franken

          It does ‘reek’, doesn’t it. This whole ‘exercise’ reeks’.

        • Daniel McGrath

          It’s France. Woman are darker there. She looks potentially tribal but, she’s not unusual for a Frenchwoman.

  • Easyrhino

    One hopes the terrible murder of these twelve innocents serves as a wake-up call for native Frenchmen that spreads across Europe and turns into a “European Winter”.

  • Conrad

    ‘We are at a very difficult moment following several terrorist attacks. We are threated because we are a country of freedom

    • Evette Coutier


  • MekongDelta69

    For the millionth time:

    You import third world muslim terrorists.
    You get third world muslim terrorists.

    • Reynardine

      These events, while comparatively rare, are indicative of a deeper, more demographic trend: the importation of the refuse of the third world into the hearts of the first world.

  • Reynardine

    President Barack Obama offered U.S. help in pursuing the gunmen, saying they had attacked freedom of expression, but added that if he had a son, he’d look like one of the gunmen.

    (Also, Je sui Charlie!)

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The crowd is 100K because it’s currently fashionable, regardless of political affiliation, to show you’re against the attack by holding a Je Suis Charlie sign. Give it a week and a third of the protestors will be back to eating croissants and sipping wine with little concern of the growing Islamization of France, and another third of the protestors will be condemning the remaing third of protestors as Islamaphobic racists overreacting to the situation.

    • Valmont

      The Front National has already edged out the two establishment parties — the Socialists and the UMP — and today’s atrocity will likely strengthen its lead.

  • guest

    Thank goodness. It looks like France is following Germany’s example to fight against islam which means there’s still some sanity left in Europe.

    Stay strong, France. Keep fighting for your people and culture and NEVER give in to the muslims and the traitors who support them. They will label you as racist hatemongers, but that term has lost all meaning a long time ago. France was meant to be a French European country, not some third-world muslim cesspool. Your people, lives, and culture will never matter to the muslims, and their people, lives, and culture shouldn’t matter to you.

    Vive La France!

  • Bryce Armstrong

    I want to be the first to say,

    I’ll ride with Charlie Hebdo!

    • Tim

      “I`ll ride with Quantrill!”

      • awb

        And Bill Anderson!

        • anony

          I’ll ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest!

  • Earl Turner

    I want to hear some stories from the average man on the street in France, especially Paris where thousands of these savages have taken over entire areas where the police are afraid to go. Let’s not forget the Paris riots. The savages grow ever bolder. What is the attitude of the African immigrants? What was it like dealing with them on a day to day basis before this? What is it like now?

  • dd121

    Dear Frenchies, if you really feel that way, kick them out.

    • benvad

      It’s as simple as that.

    • anony

      Gee, I hope no Mosques go up in flames in France; that would send such a message of intolerance.

      • dd121

        That accusation of “intolerance” is just a head fake. Recognizing that Islam is our existential enemy is the real point.

        • anony

          Sarcasm can be a “head fake” too. 🙂

  • IKUredux

    Now, the sword is mightier than the pen. There is a lesson in this for us.

  • Chip Carver

    It’s a shame that whites have been reduced to these ridiculous candlelight vigils instead of real, honest action.

    • Ella

      Europeans should know now that these walking protests and candlelight vigils do not work. They also protested in the millions against gay marriage and lost. Under socialism, it is the only expression left.

    • Dave West

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Something tells me Muslims in France wouldn’t be sleeping very well tonight if this happened in 1915.

      • benvad

        I hope these Vernon’s families houses get firebombed and their innocent relatives are murdered. Maghreb blood must run in the streets.

        In case you wondered, I hate Algerians.

  • TruthBeTold

    It’s time to storm ‘the palace’. That’s where these problems originate.

    Our leadership doesn’t represent us and they shouldn’t any longer.

    • libertarian1234

      “Our leadership doesn’t represent us and they shouldn’t any longer.”
      I agree whole heartedly.

  • Title here and link don’t seem to correspond.

  • Evette Coutier

    Another shining example of multiculturalism bringing people together…to kill each other.

  • Anna Tree

    “In 2013 74 percent of the public believe the religion of Islam “is incompatible with the values of French society”.
    One of those who thinks that way is Cesson himself. he believes its simply not possible to be both French and truly Muslim.
    “The two cultures are not compatible. We have Republican values, like
    equality between men and women, freedom of thought and respect for
    different opinions, that just don’t fit with the Quran,” he said.
    With the far-right anti-immigration National Front party, led by Marine
    Le Pen, having dramatically increased its influence in recent months
    and years, the time and the place appears right for the Pegida to take
    off in France.”
    thelocal fr/20150106/anti-islam-pegida-movement-to-france
    (of course the site calls Pegida xenophobic…)

  • LHathaway

    Good thing the islamacists didn’t have advanced warning. On second thought, how do you spell ‘christianophob’? Christianophobic, perhaps at last we’ve found a way for the progressive to condemn them.

  • Paul Franken

    First, the jews flooded Europe with Islamists and now a false flag? The French are overwhelmingly questioning this also.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Finally, some French back bone. We need this here in America. I would love to have 100,000 whites protest in a negro ghetto over negro on human crime and violence.

    • benvad

      These were real men who didn’t back down. I can’t so much for much of the American make population. Thus Frenchmen Charbonnier had a backbone & didn’t pay lip service.

  • Michael North

    The wogs are murdering wholly inoffensive people in the middle east on an industrial scale, and it barely causes a ripple in the western media. But when they kill a bunch of leftist smartarses who have consistently provoked them, we are overwhelmed with journalistic babble about the “sacred value” of free speech etc.

    • Daniel McGrath

      It is quite interesting isn’t it?

      How dare they shoot editors and scribblers. How dare they.

      Etymological fact. Editor comes from the Roman job of deciding which Gladiator dies. He was the thumbs up thumbs fellow at the Games.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    ‘The Queen today sent her ‘sincere condolences to the families of those who have been killed’ in the attack.’
    I love the queen and the royal family, but truth be told they are a joke. They should have the guts and command the UK immigration services to deport all muslims and non whites especially the blacks since that country is going down to third world status.

    • See The Future

      The Queen is a dismal failure for lacking in the oversight of her subjects.

      She has watched over the replacement of her subjects with foreigners.

      I wonder how she can sleep at night knowing what she has enabled.

    • anony

      The queen of England has about as much power as my little toe. But a lot more money.

  • Chip Carver

    Can’t say it/ask it enough: Who opened the gates of Constantinople? Who opened the gates of Toledo?

    Who has used bribery and behind the scenes machinations amongst unaware, atomized populations, in order to open gates in almost every Western country? This is what these nation-wrecking traitors want to happen on a massive scale.

  • anony

    European countries have not been ruled by Europeans for a long time.

    One of my favorite quotes is from Disraeli, who was a Prime Minister of England way back. He wrote a book entitled CONINGSBY. In that book is this quote: “· “So you see, my dear Coningsby, that the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”

    Disraeli was most certainly behind the scenes. The ultimate insider.

    This was a couple of hundred years ago.

  • Lkoehn

    I’ll believe that they are serious when they start burning Muslim ghettos late at night.

  • Sick of it

    Actually, I can fault her. See all of the dead people?

  • kikz2

    all those beautiful native White faces 🙂 it’s heartening to see 🙂

  • gemjunior

    Come on guys, we all know that Islam is a Religion of Peace. It’s just a couple of bad apples that give the Religion of Peace a bad name. Only 25% of the 1.5 Billion Muslims claim to be extremist jihadists, so that’s -let’s see- that’s only 375 Million people who are eager to kill us and hack off our Christian heads with machetes. Most of us Westerners are of Christian stock anyway, although many are not believers. Perhaps if we still were believers we would have put them back into the sandbox long, long ago. The 375,000,000 murderous Islamic fanatics are more numerous than that population of the USA (unless we’ve been duped about the population of Central America that’s been pouring over our borders…) and that is a pretty sobering thought.