Today, in France, freedom of expression was attacked. For through their odious act today, the perpetrators did not merely target Charlie Hebdo. They targeted Siné Hebdo. They targeted Le Canard Enchaîné. They targeted Le Monde. They targeted TF1. They targeted RTL. They targeted Maitre Eolas. They targeted Cyprien. They targeted the press, the radio, the television, the blogs and all of Internet. They targeted the whole of the media, the freedom of expression of us all and through it, our Republic.
And we will not back down.
This evening, I am on the place de la République, because as a Frenchman, as a blogger, as a person, I benefit from freedom of expression and I will stand by it. And even if I did not, in fact, buy or read Charlie Hebdo, today #JeSuisCharlie, and this site is blacked out.
And we also will not take any shortcut. Today our enemy is not Islam, or Muslims, or Arabs, or any religious, ethnic, national or other group. Today our enemy is terrorism.
We will not “remember” Charlie Hebdo, because rest assured that Charlie Hebdo will live. But we will remember Cabu, Charb, Wolinsky, Bernard Maris, and the others I am less familiar with (sorry) or who were not mentioned on the radio. Today my deepest condolences go to their families.
Our Republic is looking extra significant tonight.