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France condemned the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket this week. The French government issued a statement condemning the attacks. France’s president, François Holland, called the attack “vindictive”, adding that France would not be intimidated by such attacks. He asked for calm. He also called for unity, saying to the country, “We are a France.” He also promised to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice.
There was an outbreak of anger in France after the Charlie Hebdo attack. There were violent demonstrations outside the French embassy in Paris, as well as in the offices of the Charlie Weekly newspaper. Many were irritated by the drawings that were published in Charlie Weekly. Some people burned copies of the cartoons or threw them on the floor.
Charlie Weekly’s editor in chief, Stephane Leggeri, who lives abroad, condemned the attacks in a message to his employees. He said the cartoons are offensive and cannot be defended in any way. He called violence a violation of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed in the French constitution. He added that he expected the world to focus on the importance of freedom of expression around the world, rather than the problems France is now experiencing.
Germany and Italy quickly joined the UK to condemn Charlie Weekly’s cartoons. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the cartoons “a great insult to the values of the free world”. He told the press that the German government will raise its flag at half-mast in all government buildings. Italian Foreign Minister Matteo Renzi said Italy “rejects outrageous theses in publishing images that are considered insulting to the memory of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack”. He added that publishing cartoons that offend free world values is an act of war against free world values.
The French government moved quickly to respond. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned Charlie Weekly’s “journalistic terrorism”. Speaking at a joint press conference with British counterpart Philip Murphy, he said the two nations are united in condemning the violence. He called for the immediate release of Charlie Hebdo’s suspects.
But the tone did not stop there. France is a leading nation in Europe. It means freedom, democracy and freedom. And it is therefore infuriating that the people of a nation that is proud of these values and that claims to support the Enlightenment values of our civilization would do such a thing. To attack Charlie Hebdo’s peaceful demonstrators is to dishonor the dead. It is an affront to everything we stand for.
A nation without values is nothing more than a country without courage. It is nothing more than a country without a moral compass. We know that enemies of human rights and unity cannot hide their agenda. They have several organizations and governments allied against us. They hate human freedom and want to overthrow the pillars of Western civilization.
This is their agenda. And they are doing it. We must fight them. Now is the time to stand up and fight them. We cannot allow them to divide us. We can no longer allow them to poison our children’s minds.
We cannot allow them to pollute the world in which we live. We must confront them and work with our European and international partners to isolate and expel those leaders who promote hatred and violence from power. We cannot allow them to divide our society and lead us to isolation. We also cannot allow them to destabilize our neighboring countries. International terrorists and their sponsors and facilitators must be prevented from taking innocent lives in the name of Islam.
The President of France, Mr. Sarkozy, called on the French people to show unity and say “no!” to terrorists. He also asked the French people to stop criticizing each other. He asked the French people to start work and help each other.
We are a France that is not under threat and certainly has not been attacked or threatened in any way. It is important that we get up together. And when we are attacked, we must defend ourselves. Our future depends on it.