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Charlie Hebdo: Millions unite in support of free speech

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By Sarah Taylor
Charlie Hebdo: Millions unite in support of free speech

On Friday night (January 9) the Arc de Triomphe was the latest monument in the French capital to show support for the satirical magazine.

The Charlie Hebdo website has been inundated with traffic since Wednesday’s fatal attack.

Its host reports more than a million and a half viewers clicked onto the site within the space of a few hours – a number it is not designed to cope with.

Millions have also taken to social media in solidarity with the victims of the shooting. At its height, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie – “I am Charlie” – was tweeted 6,500 times per minute.

Highlighting the importance of free speech, the slogan has united people worldwide.

Rallies have been organised worldwide in remembrance of those who died in the attacks; a further sign of the international impact of the bloody events in France.

Euronews, Lyon, France

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Istanbul, Turkey

Kyiv, Ukraine

London, UK

Melbourne, Australia