Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Mary Elizabeth Hagan, Reporter

An act of terror can spark a motion that fortifies a nation. France experienced one of these acts of terror on January 7, 2015. Two, masked gunman entered the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper and began to shoot. The attack resulted in the deaths of twelve people and the wounding of eleven. The attack appeared to be motivated by the magazine’s publishing comics about Muslim fighters and the Prophet Muhammad.
After the attack, the gunman fled which issued a manhunt headed by the French police. The three main conspirators in the shooting were Chérif Kouachi, his brother Saïd Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad. Early Thursday, Mr. Mourad entered a police station, introduced himself, and turned himself in.
French authorities placed schools on lockdown; and added security to places of worship, news media offices, and transportation centers. To try to establish a sense of security, they also conducted random searches of the Paris Métro.
Many candlelight vigils were held around Paris the following night as a sign of national grieving. These demonstrations also mixed their dismay and willingness to fight for their freedom of speech. Many world leaders condemned the act of terror,” We must never allow the values that we hold dear—democracy, freedom of speech—to be damaged by these terrorists,” said UK Prime Minister David Cameron .

The United States has volunteered their help to the French with the Hebdo situation. In President Obama’s pledge to help the French said,” 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.” US authorities are currently aiding French law enforcement in investigating the attack.

Following the terror, the police conducted a widespread manhunt for the fleeing gunmen. The largest breakthrough that the police received was when the suspects robbed a service station near Villers-Cotterets. On the morning of January 9, 2015 the police had finally reached the final stage of their search.  The assailants were hiding in a printing firm named Creation Tendance Decouverte on the outskirts of the town Dammartin-en-Goele. The Kouachi brothers released a hostage after the attempted siege by French officers. They were then shot down and killed during a standoff with the police.