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DI’m fiercely and, more than ever, com­mit­ted to the val­ues of the French Repub­lic: lib­erty, equal­ity, fra­ter­nity.

Yes, I was. At first I felt fear and I wanted to share that pain. The same evening I went to Place de la République with thou­sands of Char­lie sup­port­ers. We chose not to give in to fear and to pro­claim our com­mit­ment to free­dom of ex­pres­sion, which is a fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of democ­racy.

The re­ac­tion in France was spon­ta­neous, beau­ti­ful, dig­ni­fied, im­mense. It in­volved all the vic­tims of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks, jour­nal­ists, po­lice of­fi­cers, the Hy­per Cacher Jew­ish cus­tomers and I want to add all Mus­lims who do not recog­nise them­selves in th­ese crim­i­nal acts. The wave has spread around the world, even to Mon­go­lia. This mo­men­tum was some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary, as if the world be­came aware of shar­ing com­mon val­ues. The ter­ror­ists at­tacked the uni­ver­sal val­ues of free­dom and brother­hood. The ex­tra­or­di­nary events of 11 Jan­uary will be the first ma­jor mo­bil­i­sa­tion of the world against ob­scu­ran­tism and in de­fense of our liv­ing to­gether.

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