Attack on Charlie Hebdo: MEPs react

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MEPs strongly condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, which left 12 dead and seven wounded.
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BRUSSELS, 7 JANUARY 2015

This is an intolerable crime. The violence behind these crimes is a shock for everyone. It's a blow against civilised society.
Martin Schulz
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
My reaction was one of absolute horror at this carnage that has hit a magazine which is very well known in France. It's an attack against freedom, and to attack freedom is to attack democracy, everywhere in the world.

Sylvie Guillaume
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Horror - it's an attack against a symbol of the freedom of expression in our countries. We must avoid instinctive reflexes, saying, we must now barricade ourselves, we must barricade democracy behind barbed wire to make sure it's protected.
Philippe Lamberts
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
There is no justification whatsoever for this ferocious act and we must be very careful that this virus does not spread in Europe. Today more than ever we are all French.

Gianni Pittella
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
This is an attack on our way of life, on freedom, the freedom of the press, the freedom to say anything one thinks is right. That's why it's now important to stand together, to find the perpetrators and to tell everyone that we will not give in to this pressure.
Manfred Weber
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
This is an outrageous act and our thoughts at this time must be with the staff, the cartoonists, the police who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. It's important that we remember that an important principle across the EU is the idea of the freedom of the media.

Syed Kamall
European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Our thoughts are with the families, with Charlie Hebdo's employees. The freedom of the press is unassailable. To examine it while reeling from such a revolting attack and to say that perhaps some things should not be in the media, would be unforgiveable.
Gabriele Zimmer
Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
The heart of democracy has been attacked. There is no question of announcing the death of Charlie. Today we are all Charlie.
Jean Arthuis
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe