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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.

    A devastating attack on the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by three gunmen this afternoon has left at least 12 dead.

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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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....