I'm a bit surprised that no one has posted about this.
Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical paper, was attacked by two men with AK 47s yesterday with 12 people killed and 11 wounded (4 seriously) 8 journalists and 2 cops killed.
Another machine gun attack this morning killed a policewoman, injured a policeman and a street sweeper was shot in the face and seriously injured. This was probably by someone else.
It's tense here but the police response has been relatively calm. The National Front has played it's hand very well unfortunately.
There were reports of another attack, but only in UK papers, the French media are holding some things back to keep them from the suspects, so this might be part of a blackout or it could be a misunderstanding or could be plain made up.
There's been a general outburst against this as an atack on the republic and the value of free speech. Charlie Hebdo wasn't actually that popular and had been criticised for using controversy as a selling point. I personally didn't read it, I thought the cartoons were a bit juvenile and there were too many in-jokes.
As I said to a friend, it's a bit like Private Eye, I don't read it, but I like to know it's there and anyone who sues it is a wrong'un.
One thing taht has gone unnoticed is that they were not just satirists mocking Islam, although they were pretty provocative, they targeted christianity, especially catholicism just as much.
And the worst part is endless speculation by people with no real understanding of basic logic or any technical knowledge. IT's all over the news and it's much worse on social media.
There have been quite a few demonstrations, many of them have had people carrying pens as a symbol of power. I prefer that to the rhetoric saying this is a 'declaration of war' by whom? against whom? There have been a two minor attacks on mosques and some idiot blew up a kebab shop, but on the whole things are pretty calm.