“Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’ shouldn’t be a conversation closer about religion.”

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    Sociologist Fabien Truong tells the France 24 Debate that the #JeSuisCharlie slogan isn’t always perceived as a cry for free speech. On the opening day of the trial in Paris of 14 suspected accomplices to the attackers at the satirical newspaper #CharlieHebdo and the #HyperCacher kosher supermarket, Truong talks of how ‘I am Charlie’ is sometimes perceived in the working class suburbs.

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    On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30am CET local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

    Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

    Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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    The Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege was an attack and hostage crisis in Paris on 9 January 2015, which was relarted to the Charlie Hebdo shooting two days earlier, and the Dammartin-en-Goële hostage crisis in which the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen were cornered.

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