Attack against Charlie Hebdo
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Remarks by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani on the occasion of the gathering organized at the Alliance Française de Chicago in support of the victims of the attack against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. (January 7, 2014).
Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel
Letter addressed to the Consul General of France on January 7, 2015.
Dear Consul General Floreani:
As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the people of France on the loss of 12 innocent people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.
Chicago has always been a city with a big heart. But that heart is broken by the loss of these 12 victims. Their life and legacy will forever serve as a blessed memory to those who knew them and to the world. Their work at Charlie Hebdo was a symbol of free press and expression, two of the highest ideals of France and the United States. I echo the statements of President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and others who have condemned this horrific act of terror.
My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I cannot begin to imagine the pain that their families are experiencing during this time of grief and tragedy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the French Republic.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Rebecca Kleefisch, Lieutenant Governor State of Wisconsin:
My heart goes out to the citizens of Paris after today’s deadly terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices. As a former journalist myself, I deeply appreciate the vital role that a free and vibrant press plays in a democratic system of government. After all, it was the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville who said of America, "The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people." This horrific incident was not only an attack on those poor Parisians killed and injured, but on the values of a free republic and an open society. I join my fellow citizens across Wisconsin and America in praying for the people of France in this their hour of tragedy and grief.
Your sincere friend,
CIOGC condemns terror attack in Paris
(CHICAGO, IL, 1/8/15) - The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), a federation of over 60 Muslim organizations representing over 400,000 Muslims, denounces the murders of 12 individuals yesterday at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices in Paris as evil and offers prayers and condolences for the victims of this heinous crime. The CIOGC also hopes that law enforcement will soon apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“It is despicable that they shouted God is Great in Arabic as they took lives.” said Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, Chairman and co-founder of the CIOGC.
“How ironic that such a heinous act was committed supposedly as revenge against the insults hurled at the Prophet Muhammad (may God’s peace and mercy be on him) by the newspaper. Apparently, these people are ignorant of how the Prophet himself handled insults against him. Every Muslim child is taught the incident from the Prophet’s life in Mecca when an old woman used to dump trash on him everyday as he passed by her house. When one day she failed to do that the Prophet reportedly knocked on her door inquiring about her well-being!” he said.
Given anti-Muslim sentiment that has been expressed since attacks, CIOGC acknowledges and feels more heartened to learn that “#IAmAhmed” (#JeSuisAhmed) was initiated on social media to honor the Muslim policeman Ahmed Merabet who was also gunned down, along with “#IAmCharlie” (#JeSuisCharlie) which also sparked via Twitter to honor the editor of the newspaper. Additional trending hashtags such as #NotInMyName and #NotInAnyonesName show how Muslims and non-Muslims are uniting against violence.
Statements of condemnation against the attacks have also been issued by well-established national Muslim organizations including ISNA, CAIR, USCMO, as well as numerous Muslim groups across the United States.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) - Chicago
AJC is horrified and outraged by today’s terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which twelve people have been killed. We strongly condemn this heinous crime and express our support to the Government and people of France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Today’s attack was perpetrated by hooded gunmen who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “Avenge the Prophet,” apparently alluding to cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo in which Prophet Muhammad was featured. While the specific target was a French newspaper, it was, in fact, an attack against freedom of press – a core value of any democracy.
We have full confidence that France will heal from this tragedy and continue to show determination and resolve in both combatting the scourge of terrorism and advancing democratic values. In these and other endeavors, AJC stands ready to work with the Government and people of France.
Amy Stoken, AJC Chicago Director and Harry J. Seigle, AJC Chicago President
Alderman Bob Fioretti - Chicago
"With heavy hearts, those of us who stand for democracy, freedom and liberty stand in union with our French brothers and sisters. As a city, as a nation, as a global marketplace of ideas, commerce and compassion, we bow our heads and reflect on the tragic losses, but band together and with our hands, our hearts and our minds work to seek light over darkness."
Niagara Foundation, Chicago
Chicago, January 7, 2015 – Niagara Foundation abhors the actions and motives of three masked gunmen, who this morning attacked the office of a French satirical newspaper in Paris. The gunmen killed at least 12 people and left more injured.
The publication, called Charlie Hebdo, recently published several cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The gunmen are suspected to have been responding to these images with an atrocious act of self-radicalized retaliation. There is no way to justify the killing of or violence against innocent people.
Members of the Niagara Foundation vehemently condemn the attack of these gunmen. Their actions are wholly incompatible with the values and work of the Niagara Foundation, which seek to promote unity, tolerance, compassion and peaceful dialogue.
Niagara Foundation sends our thoughts and encouragement to the families and friends of those killed or injured, the staff at Charlie Hebdo and the whole of France as they unite against such acts of terror.
Délégation du Québec à Chicago
Monsieur le Consul général,
À la suite de l’attentat de mercredi contre Charlie Hebdo et des événements qui ont suivi à Montrouge, je veux vous témoigner, en mon nom personnel et celui du gouvernement du Québec, toute ma sympathie ainsi que ma solidarité. Nous sommes de tout cœur avec vous dans cette période extrêmement difficile.
Le gouvernement du Québec a tenu à s’associer à l’élan international de solidarité envers la France et à démontrer sa détermination à lutter contre les extrémismes et à protéger la liberté d’expression, fondement de nos démocraties. Vous trouverez sous le pointillé le lien ainsi que le texte du communiqué émis par le bureau du Premier ministre.
Encore une fois, soyez assuré de notre sympathie et de notre solidarité. Si nous pouvons apporter quelque aide ou soutien que ce soit, n’hésitez pas.
Délégué du Québec à Chicago
The British Consulate General in Chicago
I just wanted to say how sorry we all are at the recent mindless acts of violence in Paris and the suburbs. It is hard to comprehend what brings people to commit such acts and we in UK know well the pain they cause, not just for the families of those directly affected, but for the wider community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters across the Channel.
With my very dear condolences
UK Consul General for the Midwest
Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
The Consulate General of Italy in Chicago and the Italian community express the utmost condemnation of the terrorist attack targeting civilians at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo which resulted in tragic loss of innocent lives even the next day.
This is contrary to all moral principles, human values and the freedom of speech and expression which we will all continue to defend and treasure.
Heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, our friends the people of France and its government.
Acting Consul General
Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago
With a heavy heart we wish to express our sincere condolences at the senseless loss of precious lives of French citizens. When freedom of thought and expression is being quashed by brutality of terrorism the whole free world must unite with a common goal: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. “Je suis Charlie.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the souls of the departed and with their families who remain to grieve.
Acting Consul General
Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all the people of France and especially to the families of those innocent people killed at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. This terrible terror act encourages us to even more unite in fight for the ideals of Freedom and Liberty not only in Europe but worldwide. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all the freedom loving people.
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago
We are deeply saddened by the horrific acts of terrorism in France.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
We share your grief!
This was an attack not only on Charlie Hebdo, Paris or France and it has to be seen in context.
It was another brutal attack on the entire value system developed since the age of enlightenment that most people all over the world adhere to. Senseless attempts by a primitive small minority to destroy our civilization are sure to fail.
German Consul General, Chicago
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
On behalf of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago Paulina Kapuscinska I wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims of the brutal terrorist attack in Paris and express our solidarity with all French people in this painful time.
We were shocked and saddened by this great tragedy and we mourn the loss of so many innocent lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones in those tragic events.
Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago
On behalf of the government and citizens of the Netherlands, I wish to extend my sincere feelings of sympathy for the loved ones of those editors, reporters and policemen who were so brazenly killed.
These are outright attacks against freedom of speech and the rule of law. Dutch citizens in the Midwest and in the Netherlands stand with the French government, the French people in France and the Midwest to defend those values, which we as citizens of European nations had to fight for earlier in our history.
Klaas van der Tempel
Consulate General of Japan in Chicago
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the vicious terrorist attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. On behalf of the Government and people of Japan, I wish to extend our sincere feelings of sympathy to the families and relatives of the victims and to express our solidarity with all the people of France.
Please accept my deepest condolences.
Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago
On behalf of the Consulate staff and Ukrainian community in Chicago let me express our deepest condolences to the people of France and especially to the families of those innocent victims, killed during recent brutal attacks in Paris and suburbs. All of us share your grief. it is impossible to understand what bring people to commit such terrible acts of tenor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and those who lost their loved ones.
We have to stay united!
Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago would like to express its condemnation of the terrorist attacks directed against the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, against police officers and innocent civilians in Paris which resulted in such a tragic loss of human lives.
The unacceptable actions of the attackers testify to their disrespect for human life as well as to their hostile attitude to the freedom of speech.
We express our deepest condolences and convey sincere sympathy to the families of the victims.
Nous Sommes Charlie.
Deputy Head of Mission
Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota
On behalf of the Mexican government, the Foreign Ministry expresses its strongest condemnation of today’s attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France that killed twelve people.
Mexico reiterates its repudiation of all forms and manifestations of terrorism and conveys its sincere condolences to the French people and government and to the families of the victimes.
Minnesota Consular Corps
On behalf of all the members of the Minnesota Consular Corps, I extend our deepest sympathies to the people and government of the French Republic and most especially the victims and their families.
This savage and tragic assault on innocent citizens of France is an attack on all of her people and indeed on two of the most sacred pillars of democracy, liberty and freedom of speech.
It is our hope that this heinous crime will be vigorously prosecuted and that the guilty parties will be subjected to the most severe penalties available under French law, without casting blame on other members of a particular faith
who had no complicity in this indefensible act.
We hold the victims and their families in our hearts and minds.
Kjell Bergh, President
Consul (Hon.) United republic of Tanzania
German community in Minnesota
On behalf of the German community in Minnesota I want to express our deep sympathy and our sadness for the victims of the horrific crimes committed in Paris these past days (...)
With friendship and love,
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany
Central Asian Productivity Research Center
In behalf of the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, we offer our prayers
for the deceased and sympathies for the families.
We also extend our spirit of good will during this period of mourning.
Professor Harry Lepinske, Chairman, CAPRC
Association Américaine de Professeurs de Français - Région VI
Je vous présente toutes mes condoléances à l’occasion de cet attentat barbare. Il est difficile de comprendre une telle tuerie et impossible à accepter. Sachez que tous ceux qui apprécient les valeurs telles que le droit de l’expression et de la pensée sont solidaires aujourd’hui avec vous et avec la France.
Association des professeurs de français de l’état du Minnesota
Cher Monsieur Floreani,
Au nom de l’association des professeurs de français de l’état du Minnesota (MN-AATF), je vous présente ainsi qu’aux familles des victimes, nos plus sincères condoléances et notre plus vive solidarité.
Joëlle Vitiello, Professor French and Francophone Studies
President of the MN-AATF Chapter
Pastor Christopher T. Harris, Senior Pastor, Bright Star Church of God In Christ - Chicago
What do you say when your friends are hurting? At least ’say something!’ Dr. Martin Luther King said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." When I read of the recent tragedy in Paris, I immediately thought of you and wanted you to know that “France Matters To Me, My Family & Community."
I firmly share the sentiments of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he called the attack, “ ...part of a larger confrontation, not between civilizations, but between civilization itself and those opposed to civilization.
Over the past few years, my knowledge, love and concern for other global nations and their well-being has increased significantly. In light of the turmoil that my community faces every day, it meant so much to me that you came to learn of my community and inquire how you can help to make a difference. This experience of connection and compassion is now spreading through my congregation/community in amazing and tangible ways. My community is developing more of a global awareness and becoming more interested in talking together, working together and in times like these believing in standing together with one voice against all vicious and barbaric acts of violence. Terrorism in any form should not be tolerated anywhere and the voice of the international community should be heard in solidarity when perpetrators choose to commit such atrocities.
In my opinion, saying something is good but doing something is even better. My community stands poised and ready to do whatever we can do to send a strong message that ’you are not alone.’ We look to you to educate us on how we can best be of service to heal the wounds and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and those (directly/indirectly) affected by this recent tragedy.
Please feel free to share this email with your constituents. Thanks.
"Doing What I Can; While I Can; With What I Have; Within HIS Will."
Pastor Chris Harris, Sr. (PCH)
Turkish American Community in Chicago
On behalf of Turkish American Community in Chicago, we express our sincere condolences to the families of those innocent people who lost their lives in terrorist attacks in France.
This terrorist attack, like so many before it, is an assault on fundamental democratic principles that are essential to a free society We stand in solidarity with the French people and its government as they seek to bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.
Our prayers go out to the families of the dead and wounded and to the entire French Nation.
With our best regards.
Hayati Turan, President
Yetkiner Baliktay, Secretary
Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & The Dakotas
We stand in solidarity with the people of France and the families of the murdered and wounded in the aftermath of the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo.
This heinous act was directed not only at the newspaper and its staff but towards centuries of the exercise of the free expression of ideas in France.
We keep in mind at this profoundly troubled time the status of France as the oldest ally of the United States. We deeply affirm the statement of Secretary of State John Kerry committing the United States to working with France to combat extremism and promote the cause that terrorists fear — "freedom or la libérté."
We also remember the words of the great French champion of American Independence, Marquis de Lafeyette, speaking of the American Revolution: "Humanity has won the battle. Liberty now has a home." Similarly, the great democracies of the United States will partner to preserve our precious freedoms and civilized society and win this battle against terrorism
Interfaith Harmony Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association
In a meeting of Interfaith Harmony Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association and Women Employees welfare Association on 08-01-2015 at Civil Court Lahore, we deeply saddened by the terrorist attack in Paris. There is no justification for this act of violence.
Those terrorist does not belong to any religion, they are only terrorist and not even human being.
“The attack in Paris is an attack on all of humanity”
“We extended heartfelt sympathies with our Brothers and sisters and the members of the bereaved families. “We strongly condemn such acts of terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
We stand with our Brothers and sisters in this moment of sorrow and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed.
In sympathy and solidarity,
I wanted to express my concern and support for France and its people, and to say how much I admire their response in support of freedom of speech and expression. I lived in France for a year and carry within me a love and admiration of the French culture that will be with me forever. Please know that Americans are watching the news and suffering with the French people.
M. A. L.
My deepest sympathy to your great nation.
J.M. (Shawnee, KS)
I only have been privileged to spend one day in Paris and I was traveling for work. But, I was very saddened to hear of the attack today. I am sorry that I have no adequate words of comfort. But, I am sure that France will show a more reasoned response than our president Bush did and I hope that the people of France heal soon. Perhaps adding to the number of people expressing condolences can help the families recover just a tiny bit.
Grande pensée aux victimes dont Cabu qui a animé mon enfance.
J’espère que la presse se relevera et je soutiendrai la relève de Charlie Hebdo.
Nous pouvons rire de tout comme le disait Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous et Charb.
Continons à rire et a se moquer des étroits d’esprit !
M. C. (Chicago, Illinois)
My condolences regarding the awful Paris massacre.
Je regrette l’attaque génocidaire du pays de Jean Moulin.
Mes salutations et le soutien aux familles des victimes de Paris.
Français, sont avec vous.
Please accept our sympathy. We, in the US, have a long history with France and we
share your sorrow. We are with you.
As an American, I want you to know I am with you in your fight against these criminal murders. They will be caught and justice will be served. My condolences and sympathy to our oldest friend .
I am writing to express my sorrow at the attack this morning against not only the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, but against all of France and the West and the values we hold highest. I am not French, and I have not been in France for many years, so I cannot begin to voice opinions as to what France should do with people like this (or those who attacked the school in Toulouse, and those who support these actions). I sincerely hope that the reaction of the rest of French media will not be to self-censor, but in fact to continue to print articles and cartoons with complete freedom, even if it offends certain people. The way to protest something offensive is by letters, by not buying products, by marching in the streets, but not by murder. I am very sorry.
S. D. (Chicago, IL)
We are heartbroken to hear about the terrorist attack in Paris today. Paris is truly one of the world’s greatest cities and it has brought us tremendous joy during our visits. We mourn its citizens so brutally killed and injured, and fervently hope for swift justice for those who committed this heinous act. We pray for comfort and peace for the victims and all the people of France.
M. & R. (Peoria, IL)
My wife and I were in Paris two years ago and traveled around the country for two weeks. We had a marvelous time and found everyone friendly and helpful.
We are now faced with this terrible news of murder and wanted to extend our sympathies to the French people and support to the government and heartfelt condolences to the families of these innocent people.
S. & M. (Highland Park, Illinois)
J’offre mes prières pour les employés de Charlie Hebdo - journalistes et dessinateurs et tout - et leurs familles. C’est un attentat contre tout ce que nous défendons.
On the behalf of the families, please extend my profound condolences. This act is unacceptable in a society that values freedom and humanity.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s horrible massacre.
We stand with the people of France in the belief that free speech will not be suppressed by thugs and fanatics.
France has led the world in the principles of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity and there is no going back.
Vive la France, et Vive la Liberte!
Je suis Charlie.
Please accept my deepest thoughts and feelings of sadness regarding the murders of
the workers at Charlie Hebdo.
I wish their co-workers, families, and the French people the strength to heal.
My condolences to the families of those lost.
My congratulations to the brave and defiant people of France for there stand for liberty.
France, her people, and freedom of expression will long endure after these barbarians and their crude, brutal, intolerant movement are dust.
J. (Springfield, Illinois)
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of all the people whom lost their lives or were seriously injured in the senseless and heinous attack on the offices of Charlie Heddo. The good people of the free societies of the world stand with the French in these trying times. My prayers for peace are with the people of France.
C. M. V. (Chicago, Illinois)
Journee tres triste, et condoleances aux familles.
En esperant que le monde pourra se souder contre ces actes infames (journalistes et autres innocents decapites, etudiants enleves et tues etc etc) et de privilegier ce qui nous reunisse au lieu d’utiliser les differences comme pretexte pour faire le mal.
D. G. (Evanston, Illinois)
La liberté, la liberté de la presse et la démocratie ne peuvent être abattues par l’ignorance et le fanatisme.
Sincères condoléances à toute l’équipe de Charlie Hebdo, à leurs familles et à leurs proches, sans oublier les policiers et la personne préposée à l’entretien tuées lâchement.
V. (Chicago, Illinois)
We as Americans stand with you !
I would like to send my condolences for what happened in France the other day.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and the people of France.
If I lived there instead of here I would be standing among the crowd with my pen held high.
I write to express my deep sorrow about the murders of your fine citizens yesterday, and to express gratitude and pride about your nation’s response.
M. A. S-S (Chicago, Illinois)
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with our French friends during this difficult time. Nous sommes Charlie aussi.
B. (Chicago, Illinois)
Our hearts ache for France and the victims. We pray for both.
Accept our condolences.
I. M. and family
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and with the entire France population.
My sincerest condolences. As a writer, I am appalled at the attack on free speech and on satirists. Je suis Charlie.
My prayers for France and its people.
I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the French people as you deal with this cowardly act of terrorism. I have been so moved by the countless powerful demonstrations of resolve to defend the right of free expression.
These weaklings are so afraid of an idea that they brought guns to what should have been a conversation, a debate. They will never understand what drives free men and women everywhere. They don’t understand that our two countries have been through two world wars together, in defense of freedom. You are our brothers and sisters. We are with you.
E. D. (Chicago, Illinois)
I am so sorry for the attack of terror against your country. Je suis Charlie.
Je suis terriblement deprime pour l’attacte de barbarbie contre la Republique. Je vous souhaite la paix et le courage. Je suis Charlie.
M. G. (Chicago, Illinois)
Condolences on the deaths of all those in Paris, cartoon journalists, police and customers at the kosher market who ultimately died pour la liberté, the right to free expression.
Honored and dear friends,
The tragic events that befell the City of Light and made it run red with blood of free-thinkers makes us all wounded and desolate with sadness. The unthinkable loss of life, the inhuman belief that terror and bestiality will win over the freedom of human spirit, hits every single one of us in the core of our being. And even though it tears at our hearts and emotions it does not quash the spirit and the soul of our humanity, of our love of freedom and justice. May all the fallen rest in eternal peace and may their loved ones find solace in the knowledge that the whole World grieves with them. We stand united with out French brothers against tyranny, oppression and terror and we will overcome.
To the People of France,
_ Our family prays for the people of France.
We support you as you are now the leading nation in the war against Islamic terrorists. Please devise a plan to defeat international Islamic terrorism.
You need to work with all nations that want to become involved. Do what-ever it takes to wipe out this scourge on our Earth.
And our deepest condolences for your losses.
M. M. and Family (Poway, Ca)
Thank you for being so instrumental in creating the freedoms that are the foundation of all civilized nations today. Your courage in defending them triumphs all attempts to destroy them. No wonder that everyone wants to live in France!
D. D. (Chicago, Illinois)
I am writing to show my solidarity behind the French people as well as France. My sympathy to the family and friends of the victims. A sad time not only for France but for all of us who believe in freedom and hold similiar values. I especially feel an impact personally because I love the French people and France. I have been to France many times and consider it my adopted country and the French my people. Je suis Charlie. Vive La France!
P. K. (Downers Grove, Illinois)
My deepest sympathy for the victims of the Islamist terrorists. France will endure and become even stronger. Nous sommes Charlie.
Dr. C. K. (Oakland, CA)
Please accept our condolences for the families of the victims. We have visited Paris many times and our son lived there for several years so we feel a strong connection with your beautiful city and are shocked and saddened by this horrific and needless acts of violence.
I am Charlie,
G. and M. P.
J’exprime à vous et aux autres au Consulat mes sincères condoléances.
_Je suis vraiment triste.
L. O. (Chicago, Illinois)
My wife B.and I wish to express our condolences to all the people of France. As a retired law enforcement officer I especially will keep a special place in thought for your fallen officers.
J. and B. F. (Ankeny, IA)
My thoughts and prayers and concerns are with the families of those killed in this senseless and barbaric act , and I wish the many who were injured a swift and full recovery.
Besides my french girlfriend, soon-to-be-wife I have always hold the best esteem to the French people, their great Country and all the ideals of freedom and democracy that it has spawn.
Vive la France !!!
E. G. (New York, NY)
Viva Le France! God bless the French people who have sustained a week of terror. We are all stronger because of the sacrifices your fellow countrymen have made and endured. I am glad good has triumphed over evil today.
God Bless! Stay France Strong!
S. A. (Chicago, IL)
Our hearts go out to all innocent citizens of France and particularly families of the victims of Charlie Hebdo. I have been watching with baited breath the reports from Paris and applaud the efforts of your Police and security forces. I only wish that your people heal from this terrible incident, and grow in strength against these type of animals that terrorize innocent peoples.
VIVE LA FRANCE!
I send my personal condolences to the families and friends if those killed during
the terrorist attack.
I am especially troubled that this attack is one not only on a magazine but really
on the entire French free thinking society.
As France continues its process of discernment before acting, I am confident that
it must stand tall and preserve the ability to express ourselves and question our
leaders, philosophy and religion. On this there can be no compromise.
Free thinking societies are not easy, they require constant, positive
participation from their citizens to work well.
I choose to live my life this way. I believe France will continue to do so as
Again my condolences. I speak for myself and many fellow Chicagoans in saying that
we are with you.
S. F. B. (Chicago, IL)
My heart goes out to the courageous people who died or were injured in the horrific attack in Paris. These brave souls dared to express the inexpressible. Today, we are all French, and send warm thoughts to these people and their families.
With a sad heart,
J. H. (Chicago, IL)
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this horrific attack on citizens of France, free press and free expression of satirical cartoons. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France.
M. and J. K.
Condoléances à tous mes compatriotes.
Nous sommes tous touchés, nous sommes tous Charlie.
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Dear French Consulate and People—
I was so sorry very to hear of the Charlie Hebdo attack and massacre. I also wish to express my shame that my government has not done what it should to stand in solidarity with you. I’m truly sorry. But despite what my president’s inappropriate response, many, many people in America do care and do grieve for you.
The American people are with you at this most difficult time. I stand with the French people, our oldest allies. May God be with you and grant you peace and comfort.
S. G. (Alpine, Utah)
To the French People,
I would like to express my and my family’s deepest condolences over the horrendous attacks carried out January 7th. Without France, America’s oldest ally, we would not be a country let alone the nation we are today. In the spirit of Freedom, Liberty, and Brotherly love, we stand in support of the great people of France. You are in our hearts and prayers as a nation. We also wish to especially express to the families of the victims our deepest sympathy. No family should have to suffer through that. If possible, please share this message with them in their time of sorrow.
A. J. M. (Minnesota)
I wish to express my sincere condolences for the horrific events of last week
in Paris and the sad loss of vibrant lives.
I am very sorry for the lack of proper representation of the United States. WE
truly appreciate your support and friendship.
I spent 19 days in France this past August. I was in Provence and Paris. It
was my 6th time in Paris. I truly love you and your country.
Je Suis Charlie
People of France,
As an American citizen I was deeply saddened by your losses from the recent Islamic terrorist attacks.
I commend your courage and resolve both during and after the attacks.
May God bless our troubled world,
J. K. (La Grange, IL)
Americans stand with you, and I apologize that our leaders were so disrespectful.
Our hearts are heavy with your loss. All of you are in my prayers.
I want to let you know that, in spite of our country’s lack of presence in Sunday’s march in Paris, the citizens of the U.S. are behind you, are praying for you and appreciate the friendship of the French people and their government.
Your support and friendship after September 11, 2001 was noted and appreciated.
Meilleurs Vœux! Vive France!
Greg Mengelt (Jeffersonville, IN)
I wish to express my sincere support for the Republic and the people of France.
M. H. (Cedarburg, WI)
My deepest condolences to your country and especially to the families who lost loved ones. My heart is heavy.
J. S. (Chicago, IL)
JE SUIS CHARLIE. Bon Courage.
Our family wishes to express heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, and to the people of France. Je suis Charlie
B and NB
Votre courage en face du terrorisme et la haine a inspire le monde entier. Aujourd’hui nous sommes tous Charlie.
Marla Cowan (Chicago, IL)
To the people of France,
From the hearts of my family we would like to pass along condolences to the people of France for there losses during the terrorist attacks on January 7-9. I would also like to thank you for being one of the United States oldest ally and hope that we continue to be strong partners for many years to come.
GOD bless and peace be with you...
S. A. S. and Family
I wanted to send my deepest condolences to you and your country. You have the support, love and prayers from many Americans and people all over the world. I have spent some time in your country, and it was magical and will be in my heart forever.
Words cannot express our sorrow, but please know that everyone in your country is in my prayers.
Please accept my condolences over the innocent lives lost in France due to the recent terrorist attacks. These deaths were tragic and senseless. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the French people as you move forward from these terroristic acts of violence.
Vive la France!
D. O. (Portage, Michigan)
Please accept my condolences for the recent attacks and tragic deaths suffered by your country.
T. H. (Belleville, Illinois)
God bless you
C. C. (Kentwood, Michigan)