Magazine article The Christian Century

After Murders, France Seeks Unity

Magazine article The Christian Century

After Murders, France Seeks Unity

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HEADS OF STATE and religious leaders joined millions on the streets of Paris in a January 11 march for free expression and to remember victims of the shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Witnesses and police say two or three masked men shouted "Allahu Akbar" and opened fire during an editorial meeting at the magazine January 7, killing cartoonists and staff members. The men, who described themselves as being from al-Qaeda in Yemen, also killed two police officers, one a Muslim.

[In an attack January 9, an Islamic extremist killed four Jewish men at a kosher supermarket in Paris.]

At the march two days later, high school student Amina Tadjouri clasped a Jewish newspaper as she stood on the edge of the crowd next to a Muslim cleric railing against radical Islam.

"I'm Muslim, and I'm not OK with these killings," she said. "Jews and Muslims refuse to be enemies. And we refuse to let people be killed for free expression. Everyone should be allowed to say what they want. …

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