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#JeSuisCharlie Trends As Social Media Users Express Solidarity In Wake Of Attack On Charlie Hebdo

The hashtag began shortly after the gunmen attacked.

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Shortly after the violence, #JeSuisCharlie began to trend worldwide.

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Cartoonists used the hashtag to express solidarity.

Solidarité. #jesuischarlie, avec @AnnTelnaes

Julia Powles@juliapowlesFollow

Solidarité. #jesuischarlie, avec @AnnTelnaes

12:40 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

They shared this front cover, which was published shortly after the newspaper's offices were firebombed in 2011.

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Many expressed sympathy for the victims and their families.

Suis sous le choc. Mes pensées vont aux victimes, à leurs familles @charliehebdo #paris et à la liberté de la presse. #JeSuisCharlie.

Yves Daccord@YDaccordICRCFollow

Suis sous le choc. Mes pensées vont aux victimes, à leurs familles @charliehebdo #paris et à la liberté de la presse. #JeSuisCharlie.

12:54 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others shared quotes expressing support for the art of satire.

My thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends & colleagues of @Charlie_Hebdo_ #KeepSpeechFree #JeSuisCharlie

Mark Pullen@markpullenFollow

My thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends & colleagues of

@Charlie_Hebdo_ #KeepSpeechFree #JeSuisCharlie

1:02 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltaire #FreeSpeech #JeSuisCharlie

Anthony M. Kreis@AnthonyMKreisFollow

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltaire #FreeSpeech #JeSuisCharlie

1:02 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

People also expressed support for journalists and for free speech.

To journalists everywhere who stand up against threats and bravely report the truth, we owe you our freedom and gratitude. #JeSuisCharlie

Richard Wilson@RichardWLabourFollow

To journalists everywhere who stand up against threats and bravely report the truth, we owe you our freedom and gratitude. #JeSuisCharlie

1:00 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The pen is mightier than the sword, and the cowards were afraid of it. So don't stop writing. #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo

Shumyla@shumylajFollow

The pen is mightier than the sword, and the cowards were afraid of it. So don't stop writing. #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo

1:19 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

In support of freedom of expression through words, not bullets #JeSuisCharlie

World Archaeology@WorldArchaeoFollow

In support of freedom of expression through words, not bullets #JeSuisCharlie

1:02 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Killing over cartoons? This sickening attack on freedom of expression is crazy. #JeSuisCharlie

Amanda Barrell@MandaBarrellFollow

Killing over cartoons? This sickening attack on freedom of expression is crazy. #JeSuisCharlie

12:52 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bad bad day for France and press freedom. Great thing about CharlieHebdo is willingness to attack all religions without fear #jesuischarlie

Dominique Fourniol@DFourniolFollow

Bad bad day for France and press freedom. Great thing about CharlieHebdo is willingness to attack all religions without fear #jesuischarlie

12:49 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And they shared stories about, and cartoons by, contributors to the newspaper.

Hero. RT @RosieGray: Charb in 2012: “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.” RIP. http://t.co/VPiRWColbF #JeSuisCharlie

Mark Hemingway@HeminatorFollow

Hero. RT @RosieGray: Charb in 2012: “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.” RIP. http://t.co/VPiRWColbF #JeSuisCharlie

8:25 AM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This cartoon says "Allah is big enough to look after Muhammed himself, understand?"

This woman wrote: "I'm going to go and hug my children and apologise for the world we've left for them."

Je vais de ce pas serrer mes enfants dans mes bras pour m'excuser de ce monde que nous leur laissons... #Jesuischarlie

danslapeaudunefille@DanslapeauduneFFollow

Je vais de ce pas serrer mes enfants dans mes bras pour m'excuser de ce monde que nous leur laissons... #Jesuischarlie

12:35 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This tweet read: "France is crying."

La France pleure #CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie #Liberté #Egalité #Fraternité

Antoine Adam@Ant1AdamFollow

La France pleure #CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie #Liberté #Egalité #Fraternité

12:46 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The mayor of Montreal wrote: "We condemn this odious, barbaric act of terrorism against freedom of the press. It's totally unacceptable."

Nous condamnons cet acte odieux, cet acte barbare terroriste contre la liberté de la presse. C'est totalement inacceptable #JeSuisCharlie

DenisCoderre@DenisCoderreFollow

Nous condamnons cet acte odieux, cet acte barbare terroriste contre la liberté de la presse. C'est totalement inacceptable #JeSuisCharlie

12:58 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we are all Charlie."

Hier, aujourd'hui et demain, nous sommes tous Charlie... #JesuisCharlie

Pensées by Olivia@PenseesbyoliviaFollow

Hier, aujourd'hui et demain, nous sommes tous Charlie... #JesuisCharlie

12:35 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And now this is what you see when you visit Charlie Hebdo's website, which crashed earlier....

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