WATCH: NDP leader Tom Mulcair says we cannot allow ourselves to be silenced by cowardly acts
TORONTO – Canada’s political leaders and citizens came together in solidarity with France to show support and condemn the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday.
The offices were stormed by three masked gunmen just before noon. At least 12 people were killed and 10 others injured in what French President Francois Hollande called a “terrorist attack.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also condemned the attacks, calling them “barbaric.”
“I’m horrified by the barbaric attacks in France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Harper tweeted.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the attacks in Paris.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau offered his “condolences and support” to the residents of France.
The French Embassy in Ottawa condemned the attacks and said it was “very moved by the solidarity that has been expressed in Canada by citizens, journalists, and by the highest levels of government.”
On Twitter, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie) began to trend worldwide shortly after the attack to express solidarity for the newspaper.
Political cartoonists react: