The cartoonist who was forced to let the terrorists into the Charlie Hebdo offices has described how she and her young daughter were threatened.
Corinne Rey, known as Coco, said she had gone to pick up her daughter from nursery and had just arrived back at the office when she encountered the armed gunmen at the door.
She told French publication L’Humanite: “I just went to get my daughter from kindergarten. As I got to the front door of the building, two masked, armed gunmen brutally threatened us.
“They wanted to come in, go up. I typed out the code.
“They shot on Wolinski, Cabu … it lasted five minutes. I took shelter under a desk. They spoke perfect French. They said they were from al Qaeda.”
Cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Jean Cabu are both reported to have been killed.
Florence Pouvil, a sales assistant who worked at Lunas France, opposite the Charlie Hebdo offices, witnessed the moment the gunmen broke in.
She told MailOnline: “I saw two people with big guns, like Kalashnekovs outside our office and then we heard firing. We were very confused.
“There were two guys who came out of the building and shot everywhere. We hid on the floor, we were terrified.
“They came from the building opposite with big guns. It has a bunch of different companies inside. Some of our co-workers work there so we were frightened for them.
“They weren't just firing inside the Charlie Hebdo offices. They were firing in the street too.
“We feared for our lives so we hid under our desks so they wouldn't see us. Both men were dressed in black from head to toe and their faces were covered so I didn't see them.
“They were wearing military clothes, it wasn't common clothing, like they were soldiers.”