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#JeSuisCharlie Hashtag Is A Message Of Solidarity After Charlie Hebdo Shooting

The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie began trending on Twitter as a message of solidarity after 12 people were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo Wednesday in what French President Francois Hollande called “a terrorist attack without a doubt.”

Three masked gunman stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo — a satirical publication that pokes fun at prominent figures in politics and religion and has previously been targeted for its cartoons portraying the Islamic prophet Muhammad — and began shooting. Witnesses reportedly told police the gunmen shouted, “We have avenged the prophet,” Agence France Presse noted. Four cartoonists, and at least eight others, were killed. The gunmen were still at large late Wednesday afternoon local time.

#JeSuisCharlie, or “I am Charlie,” began trending after the attack. Thousands of Twitter users posted the hashtag in support of those killed and freedom of the press.

The publication’s website also prominently featured the words.

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The U.S. embassy in France

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