Attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo: national mourning
Following the attack carried out against Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday 7 January in which at least 12 people were killed, François Hollande visited the scene and denounced what he described as an exceptionally barbaric act.
He announced that the Vigipirate terrorist threat measures had been raised to their highest level in Île-de-France (Paris region). A meeting with the Ministers concerned was held at the Élysée Palace at 2 p.m. on 7 January.
The President of the French Republic said that “no barbaric act will ever stifle the freedom of the press. We stand together as a united country and we will respond.”
He addressed the nation at 8 p.m. on 7 January.
The statement is available here.
Today, Thursday 8 January, is a day of national mourning. At midday, a minute’s silence will be observed in all public services. All flags in France will be put at half-mast for the next three days.