"It's A Butchery" - 12 Killed In Terrorist Attack On French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo: Live Webcast

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A tragedy is unfolding in Paris at the moment where armed men stormed the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing “at least 12 people” and injuring more, said a police officer. As a reminder, it was in November 2011 when the Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters were gutted by fire, hours before a special issue of the weekly featuring the Prophet Muhammad appeared on newsstands. Since then, the weekly moved to a new location, which was guarded by police, who were also shot at Wednesday morning. The shooters opened fire inside the magazine’s offices using automatic AK-47 rifles before fleeing, said the officer, cited by the WSJ. The attackers, described as "a commando with Kalasnikov and pump action... they went in there to kill" are believed to still be at large as France is "in shock" according to its president.

More details from AP:

Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims.


French President Francois Hollande called the slayings a terrorist attack and said that several other terror attacks have been thwarted "in recent weeks."


Xavier Castaing, head of communications for the Paris police prefecture, confirmed the deaths in the shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly that been repeatedly threatened for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches.


Hollande rushed to the scene and top government officials planned an emergency meeting.


Luc Poignant, an official of the SBP police union, said the attackers escaped in two vehicles.


A witness to the attack, Benoit Bringer, told the iTele network he saw multiple masked men armed with automatic weapons at the newspaper's office in central Paris.

In this video one can hear gun shots as the commentator remarks it is an automatic weapon. A woman can be seen running down the street and diving for cover between two cars.

A snapshot of what the alleged attackers look like via @Zaidbenjamin:

As Guardian's Alexandra Topping writes: "The journalist Martin Boudot, from the Premières Lignes agency, has posted this video from the roof of a building situated close to the Charlie Hebdo building. we can hear gunshots and voices who cry ‘Allahu akbar’. In the distance we can see at least two people who appear to be fleeing.

Other newspapers in Paris have been placed under police protection, according to Le Monde.

French president Francois Hollande quickly arrived at the scene of what he called is clearly a terrorist attack. The latest headline updates from Bloomberg as they come in:


The latest from Guardian:

A French police official says 11 people are dead in a shooting at a satirical weekly newspaper in central Paris.


Xavier Castaing, head of communications for the Paris police prefecture, confirmed the deaths.


French President Francois Hollande was headed to the scene of Wednesday’s shooting at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly that has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.

Hollande's full statement:

Francois Hollande has been speaking to the media. He said that 11 people had been killed and four people seriously injured but 40 people had been rescued.


Hollande said that the security level had been increased in Paris and a number of terrorist plots had been foiled in recent weeks.
An emergency meeting will be held at the Elysees Palace in the next hour.


Hollande said France had experienced “an exceptional act of barbarism committed against a newspaper”.


France was facing a “shock”, he added. “We need to show we are a united country,” he said.


France had to be “firm and strong” adding: “We will fight these threats and we will punish the attackers.”


France had been targeted because it was a country of freedom but no one would be allowed to go against “the spirit of the republic” in this way.

Key updates via Twitter:

More on the controversial history of Charlie Hebdo via the Guardian:

Charlie Hebdo has a long record of taking its satire seriously. The weekly magazine’s response to previous efforts at intimidation was to be even more controversial or outrageous, defying the constraints of religious sensitivity or political correctness.


In November 2011, its offices were fire-bombed after it had published a special edition, supposedly guest-edited by the Prophet Mohammed and temporarily renamed ‘Charia Hebdo’. The cover was a cartoon of Mohammed threatening the readers with ‘a hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing’.


The petrol bomb attack completely destroyed the Paris offices, the magazine’s website was hacked and the staff were subjected to death threats. But six days later, it published a new front page depicting a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist passionately kissing a bearded Muslim man in front of the charred aftermath of the bombing. The headline this time was: L’Amour plus fort que la haine (Love is stronger than hate).


Less than a year after that, it published more cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, including images of him naked and a cover showing him being pushed along in a wheelchair by an Orthodox Jew. The French government had appealed to the magazine not to go ahead with publication, and shut down embassies and schools in twenty countries when it went ahead anyway, out of fear of reprisals.

Live webcast from France 24:

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wesson's picture

Qualifies for false flag !

blabam's picture

I'm sorry but plenty of fucked up muslims in this world. 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

If only they had Britains child extremist ID program

Haus-Targaryen's picture

This won't help Marie la Pen at all.  


Dr Benway's picture

LOL every single attack is a "false flag" on ZH... So there are no real flags at all, eh?

The tards on here think we should just submit to the terrorists, and then they'll stop. If we only appease their every demand, ban free speech and let them insitute sharia hell across the globe, then they will magically stop attacking us. Sure.

You bitches don't even understand the concept of an implacable enemy, an enemy to which any attempt at appeasement or compromise is merely a sign of weakness, an enemy to the death.

Infinite QE's picture

The thing that people like you do not understand is that many of these extremists, perhaps all, are either trained by US/Israel forces OR created by policies of the same. Look at the millions of people killed directly by the zionist desire to create greater israel. A sham of an idea by people who really stem from eastern europe, not the middle east. Until this madness stops, these kinds of attacks will only accelerate.

LasVegasDave's picture

motherfucker, shut the fuck up.

smackdabonurass's picture

How many ethnic Russians were killed by the bolshevik jews?

Latina Lover's picture

Quoting Dr. Benway " You bitches don't even understand the concept of an implacable enemy, an enemy to which any attempt at appeasement or compromise is merely a sign of weakness, an enemy to the death"  End Quote.


Yes we do understand the concept of an implacable enemy,  it is called our Federal Government, controlled by pedophilic, psychopathic, bankster elites.

Upswaller's picture

The gunmen must have missed the "Coexist" sticker on the car outside.

CaptainObvious's picture

Every time I see one of those bumper stickers, I have to suppress the urge to give that car a swift kick or a gob of phlegm.  How can one coexist with a group who decides one must convert or die?

Latina Lover's picture

BTW very early reports indicate  that the perp was a LONE Gunman, who was, suprise, killed.  Sound familiar?

CaptainObvious's picture

Ah, the Lone Gunman Who Died at the Scene.  Yeah, seems I've read this fairy tale before.

Latina Lover's picture

Straight out of the CIA 'Operation Gladio' Handbook.  Thanks for the confirmation <g>


Just ask who benefits from this atrocity?  Muslims, who are about to be further persecuted and killed in the name of the war against Terror?  Or the USSA, who gets to hook France back into their phony narratives, and perhaps prevent France from making peace with Russia, since the USSA ALWAYS benefits from european war?

Slave's picture

Obviously France needs to ban automatic AK-47 rifles.


Latina Lover's picture

Or limit Muslim immigration.


BTW, I am still waiting for the gun men passports to fall out of the sky unburnt.



Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

Dumbass frenchmen. If you're gonna make fun of head-hunters and liver-eaters, you better be armed and able to defend yourself.

Uchtdorf's picture

To the firearms experts here:

See that tight pattern of holes in the police car windshield? Kalishnakov or shotgun?

Calmyourself's picture

Some reports have mentioned a shotgun, time will tell, remember kids shooting through a windshield from the outside normally deflects bullets down, from the inside up, ymmv.  My psa of the day..

BaBaBouy's picture

Socailist Leaders Rejoice, Your Policies Are Ingenious...
Give Us MOAR Of Your FUCKED UP Policies...

Save_America1st's picture

while this isn't a "false flag" type of attack or event, don't think for a second that these musloid scum don't know very well the effect attacks like this end up having against our free society.

They know that this ultimately causes a massive overreaction politically and the next thing that happens are more restrictive laws that go against our freedom and liberty.

Win-Win for the musloids and a Win-Win for the authoritarians in government who want to dictate and rule our lives. 

Don't think for a second the MIC, the militarized police, and big tyrannical government doesn't benefit from terrorist attacks.

They're all for it in the end as they use this to tighten their grip on society.

bob_stl's picture

It must be a false flag because, it's impossible that their can be evil assholes anywhere in the world except our federal government. /sarc

0b1knob's picture

< A tragedy.

< Dead journalists, nothing of value lost.  

El Vaquero's picture

Huston, we have liftoff!  Europe isn't going to have a race war, it is going to have a culture war.  Good times for all!

aPlayer's picture

Jews are good and loving people.

TerminalDebt's picture

Butchery!!!  Time for some Dronery.

Xibalba's picture

A god who is threatened by a cartoon is frail indeed.

The9thDoctor's picture

It's foolish to comment so early on whether this is a "false flag" or not.

Give it a week or two as more information comes in and it will be more obvious one way or another.

gladih8r's picture

um, when you say "loving"....are you referring to anal or what?


El Vaquero's picture

Exactly.  Never let a good crisis go to waste.  The real solution to this is to publish whatever loud and proud, and let the people fend for themselves.  It could get very brutal, but that brutality is already baked into the cake. 

ebear's picture

A serious miscalculation is how I see it.  Police were killed in the attack.  So, from this point forward, how much effort will the police put forth investigating attacks on Muslims?   Soon it will be as dangerous to be a Muslim in France as it was to be a jew in Germany in the 1930's.

You don't have to wish for this to see it as the most likely outcome.  Push anyone far enough and you'll get a reaction, and I'm guessiing the French have had just about enough at this point.

SilverIsKing's picture

Was this not a gun free zone?  Zone sans armes signs might have prevented this.


Pairadimes's picture

This was clearly another case of workplace violence. Just ask Obama.

JungleCat's picture

Note that THEIR socialist president called it a terrorist attack.

But OUR socialist president still calls Ft. Hood "workplace violence".

That's odd - I never expected to be pining for the clear thinking of French Socialists.

Chewybunny's picture

You assume it's clear thinking on their behalf.

It just points out the insanity we have in the US.

ZeroSense's picture

Terrorism is reserved for Islam/Muslims only, And that includes the moderate and fundamentalists

N2OJoe's picture

Good thing all those evil civillians are disarmed by their own government or they may have had a whole mess of tragic terrorist death on their hands that day.

RichardParker's picture

I wonder what would have happened if they tried to pull off something like this in Switzerland?

Fiscal.Enema's picture

Thats a AK or other high velocity rounds, metal jacket. Shotgun would produce shattering effect on wind screen, even larger shot would cause shattering or spalling and not clean holes. 

bpj's picture

OO buckshot is 33 calber

Scoobywan's picture

Too small of a pattern to be a shotgun, unless at very close range, and shooting ball shot.

Whoever took those shots knows how to shoot.

Calmyourself's picture

Really, shot a lot of 00 buck have ya sport, silver dollar pattern at -10 yards, dinner plate pattern max at 15-20 yards, try it you'll like it..


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Zymurguy's picture

I think the size of the holes would indicate a larger caliber rifle round vs. a shotgun (even if they were using 00buck).  Doesn't look like automatic fire either.  I'd say intermediate to large caliber rifle - semi automatic and a well trained shooter.

Scoobywan's picture

Hey dickface, 100 yards is close range to me asshole.

Calmyourself's picture

Stop that your scaring me, I'll tell tyler on you..

El Vaquero's picture

So, is that 10 yards figure for an extra full choke, a full choke, a modified choke, an improved cylinder or no choke?  IMO, what's on the windshield looks like semiautomatic rifle fire, but divining what actually was used without precise measurements is folly.

Calmyourself's picture

Exactly which is why I never mentioned which weapon did it just the pattern 00 makes out of a no choke shotty..  Thanks for noticing my careful post appreciated..