This week’s 9/11-style attack on France has sent shockwaves through the nation and the entire world, as terrorists murdered 17 people in coordinated assaults in Paris both in the offices of satirical magazine and at a Jewish Kosher supermarket.
Among the dead are some of France’s top cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, which lampoons all religions and which has been regarded as the last true heir of the French revolutionary and republican traditions.
There has been an outpouring of solidarity and sympathy from all corners of the world for the victims, both on social media as well as in central Paris where more than 100,000 people gathered on Wednesday night to express their defiance. This is a prime example of resilience in the face of this blatant attack on freedom and democracy, which the French nation is privileged to promote. Vigils and moments of silence across the world have been organised in the memory of those who died.