Charlie Hebdo attack instigated jihadist outrages in France a year ago

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A year ago on Thursday, a terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo transformed a fading publication into a global symbol of freedom of expression and brought millions of people onto France’s streets in protest.It began a string of jihadist outrages that culminated in a massacre in Paris: a year that shook France profoundly but also strengthened the resolve of many citizens to defend tolerance and secular values.

On January 7, 2015, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, wielding Kalashnikovs, burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices in eastern Paris and asked for editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, and other four cartoonists by name before shooting them dead.Three other editorial staff, a guest attending a meeting, the cartoonists’ police bodyguard, a caretaker and a policeman sprawled on the pavement were also ruthlessly cut down.

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