Charlie Hebdo

Je Suis Charlie

Woohae Cho

Paris, France. 7 – 14 January 2015

On January 7, two gunmen stormed the Paris offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam and other sacred cows, killing 12 people, including two police officers. Among the victims of brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi were some of the country’s most popular and iconoclastic cartoonists, including the weekly’s editorial director, Stéphane Charbonnier, and a Muslim police officer.

In the same time, in Montrouge, southern suburb of Paris, a policewoman was killed by another heavily armed man, Amedy Coulibaly. Two days later, Coulibaly laid siege to a kosher supermarket, Hyper Cacher, at Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris, killing four hostages.

All three men were killed in confrontations with police January 9.

The consecutive deadly crimes by three Frenchmen with ties Al-Qaeda in Yemen stunned French society.

Two days after the bloody confrontations came to an end, more than 1 million people participated in a “Marche Charlie Hebdo” organized by President François Hollande of France. Elsewhere in France, and around the world, hundreds of thousands of people showed their support for freedom of expression and to honor the 17 people killed in Paris.

In the wake of the terror attacks, the French government announced that 10,000 military personnel would be deployed to protect “sensitive sites” throughout France. Another 4,700 police officers were deployed to protect Jewish schools and synagogues.