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THE REACTION

"I don't understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war" - Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard to France Inter radio

"This is an act of exceptional barbarism." - French President Francois Hollande

"I strongly condemn the horrific shooting. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers." - Barack Obama

"This abhorrent act is not just an attack on the life of French citizens and the internal security of France. It also represents an attack on freedom of opinion and of the press, a core element of our free and democratic culture, for which there can be no justification." - Angela Merkel

"This House and this country stand united with the French people in our opposition to all forms of terrorism and we stand squarely for free speech and democracy. These people will never be able to take us off those values." - David Cameron

"We decisively condemn this cynical crime. We reaffirm our readiness to continue active cooperation in combating the threat of terrorism." - Vladimir Putin

"This is a brazen assault on free expression in the heart of Europe." - Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists


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