Terrorist attack against the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo
In the aftermath of the attack that occurred this morning against the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo and killed at least 12 people, President Hollande went onsite and condemned an act of exceptional barbarism.
He announced the reinforcement of the Vigipirate plan to its highest level in the Ile-de-France area (Paris). A cabinet meeting has been organized today at the Elysee Palace at 2 pm with all relevant ministers.
The President has declared that “no act of barbarism shall ever put an end to the freedom of the press. We are a united country that will react and stand together.”
He addressed the nation on january 7 at 8pm.
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.
The Consulate General of France is opening a book of condolence. You can come pay tribute to the victims by signing this register from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm this Thursday, January 8, 2015 and the following days from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, through January 14 (included).
You can also sign the online condolence book set up by the French Embassy to the United States.
More information on the Vigipirate plan is available on the Government’s website :