The Queen has sent "sincere condolences" to French President Hollande over the Paris attack (as have Obama, Merkel, and Cameron) as he puts Paris on high terrorist alert as the manhunt for the reported 3 killers continues. Front National's Marine Le Pen has been more vociferous in her remarks, wanting to "defend against war waged on France," and calling for "rejection of fundamental islam." The remarks and actions of the day are even more chilling in light of Chrlie Hebdo's editor's comments in 2012 that "our job is not to defend freedom of speech but without it we're dead. We can't live in a country without freedom of speech. I prefer to die than to live like a rat."
- *HOLLANDE TO HOLD ANOTHER CRISIS MEETING ON SHOOTINGS TOMORROW
Condolences come in from around the world...
- *QUEEN ELIZABETH SENDS HOLLANDE `SINCERE CONDOLENCES'
- *MERKEL SAYS WILL DO EVERYTHING TO HELP FRENCH AFTER ATTACK
- *CAMERON SAYS PARIS ATTACK IS `APPALLING TERRORIST OUTRAGE'
- *OBAMA CALLS ATTACKS IN PARIS COWARDLY, EVIL
And Front National's Marine Le Pen comes out swinging...
- *LE PEN SAYS FRANCE HADN'T SEEN SUCH BARBARIC ACT IN DECADES
- *LE PEN SAYS WANTS TO DEFEND FRANCE AGAINST WAR WAGED ON COUNTRY
- *LE PEN: IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO SAY FEAR MUST BE OVERCOME
- *LE PEN:ATTACK MUST FREE OUR SPEECH AGAINST ISLAM FUNDAMENTALISM
- *LE PEN: IT'S A TERORRIST ATTACK IN NAME OF RADICAL ISLAM
- *LE PEN SAYS TIME OF DENIAL, HYPOCRISY NO LONGER POSSIBLE
- *LE PEN: REJECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL ISLAM MUST BE PROCLAIMED
But its the ominous words of Charlie Hebdo's editor from 2012 that are so chilling... (as ABC reports)
After controversy erupted in 2012 over the cartoons portraying Muslim prophet Mohammed in the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, ABC News' Jeffrey Kofman interviewed the periodical's editor and cartoonist, Stephane Charbonnier.
And Charbonnier remained defiant in the face of the threats against his publication.
"Our job is not to defend freedom of speech but without it we're dead. We can't live in a country without freedom of speech. I prefer to die than to live like a rat," Charbonnier told ABC News.
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Perhaps this sums it up as well as anything else...