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.