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#JeSuisCharlie: World Shows Solidarity with Paris Victims

In response to Wednesday's attack in Paris, social media users showed their solidarity with the victims using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie.
Image: A person holds a placard which reads \"I am Charlie\" during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris
A person holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris January 7, 2015, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. The French President headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France's security level to the highest notch. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA)GONZALO FUENTES / Reuters

The world was shocked by a shooting in Paris on Wednesday at the offices of a satirical French magazine that left twelve dead.

French citizens immediately took to social media to share their support for and solidarity with the publication, Charlie Hebdo, creating the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, which means “I am Charlie.". As of 11:55 a.m. ET, there were approximately 300,000 tweets using #JeSuisCharlie, and the hashtag was trending in Paris.

Mourners across the world also used the hashtag #CharlieHebdo to discuss the news story, and as of 11:55 a.m. ET the hashtag had more than 1.3 million tweets.

“Je Suis Charlie” soon had its own Facebook page, where supporters have been planning public gatherings to remember the victims of today’s shooting. One “Je Suis Charlie” Facebook event for a public gathering planned for today at 6 p.m. Paris time had over 22,000 people marked as “attending” on Facebook.

Many supporters also shared graphics and memes they had created to show their support, some using the French flag, some depicting images of guns next to pencils, many saying “Je suis Charlie,” and some proclaiming “Liberte d’expression,” which means freedom of expression.

Here’s a look at some of the ways Parisians have mourned – and showed their solidarity.

--Nisha Chittal

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