7/8 January 2015 - Paris terror attack
Paris terror attack: huge manhunt under way after gunmen kill 12
Kim Willsher (The Guardian)
A huge manhunt is under way in Paris for masked and hooded men armed with Kalashnikovs who stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen and eight journalists – before escaping in a car.
François Hollande, the French president, described the attack as “an act of exceptional barbarism”.
Paris prosecutor François Molins said two gunmen entered the offices of the magazine at 11.30am, killing one person in the foyer before climbing to the second floor – where the paper was holding an editorial meeting – and opening fire.
The gunmen fled in a car, killing at least one officer in exchanges of fire with police. They then carjacked another vehicle near Paris’s péripherique and fled. Molins said three suspects in total were being pursued, but the details of the investigation would remain confidential.
Lizzie Dearden (The Independent)
Thousands of people have flooded Paris’ Place de la Republique in a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Journalists held up their press cards as members of the public silently raised pens in the air in a poignant symbol against what is being seen as an attack on freedom of speech.
The phrase “je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) has become a rallying call for people expressing solidarity with the victims around the world, with many Paris protesters wearing the slogan on stickers and painting it on giant placards.
The mood was said to be sombre but defiant, with groups of friends quietly talking and comforting each other, trying to come to terms with the day's horrifying events.
A vigil has also started in London’s Trafalgar Square. Organisers urged people to bring signs and flowers to commemorate the attack on Charlie Hebdo, as well as pens “to celebrate freedom of expression”.
Byron Tau (The Wall Street Journal)
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the attack on a French satirical magazine on Wednesday in which 12 people died, and the White House said it held a high-level meeting on the killings.
Mr. Obama called it a “terrible terrorist attack,” and said the assault represented an attack on free press and free expression.
“The fact that this was an attack on journalists, an attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” Mr. Obama told reporters in a brief Oval Office statement.
I am Charlie
Greg Heffer (The Express)
After news broke of a shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France's capital, thousands included the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie in their Twitter posts.
By 1pm UK time, just two hours after the attack took place, 20,000 had joined the growing trend, seemingly in solidarity with the 12 victims - including the magazine's editor, two cartoonists and two police officers - of the four gunmen.
Many also posted photos including the words 'Je Suis Charlie', with others commenting "the pen is mightier than the sword".
Famous names to use the hashtag included Piers Morgan and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, as well as Jessica Pires - the wife of former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert.
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"7/8 January 2015 - Paris terror attack", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2015. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/7-8-january-2015-paris-terror-attack