The right to mock and caricature, even religion, is an essential part of being French, President Emmanuel Macron said at a naturalization ceremony on Friday, days after the start of a trial of the accused accomplices in an attack by gunmen on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015.
France and Russia agreed to coordinate their military and security services in an unusual alliance against Islamic State jihadists in Syria on Tuesday after a devastating attack on Paris and the bombing of a Russian plane.
France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 150 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris. Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage. The siege ended when security forces stormed the building.
Minister of State of the Foreign Office, Baroness Anelay marks International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and remembers the threat facing journalists. A free media plays a vital role in a functioning democracy said the Baroness in her message.
President Francois Hollande assured Muslims in France and abroad that his country respected them and their religion but would not compromise its commitment to freedom and democracy.
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman called a press conference to explain that he did march in Paris as a common citizen in the massive rally of solidarity after the terror attacks on France last week, rejecting reports by Clarin newspaper of alleged presidential orders instructing him not to attend the rally.
Up to 3 million copies of Charlie Hebdo could hit newsstands this week, dwarfing its usual print run of 60,000, in response to soaring demand for the first edition of the satirical weekly since last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants.
Dozens of world leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen liked arms leading hundreds of thousands of French citizens in an unprecedented march under high security to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.
Several European head of states will join a manifestation in Paris on Sunday, to express their solidarity following the recent attacks. France’s President Francois Hollande will be accompanied by an important number of leaders, including Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK David Cameron and Italy’s Matteo Renzi among others.
Charlie Hebdo, the controversial French magazine that was the target of a deadly attack on Wednesday will publish a million copies on next week's edition, compared to its usual print run of 60,000, its lawyer Richard Malka announced.