International mobilization in defiance of terror and in defence of free speech (01.11.2015)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is extremely touched by the many messages of sympathy it has received from around the world and wishes to express its warmest thanks, on behalf of the people of France, to all those who have shown their solidarity at this very painful time.
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.
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.