Charlie Hebdo Attacks - Paris, Jan 7-11 , 2015
PARIS - The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo had been firebombed and received threats before, but the scale of the attack on January 7th shocked France and the world. The military-style raid and cold blooded murder of 10 journalists, a body guard and a police officer introduced Europe to a new kind of terror. Unlike the Madrid and London bombings, the targets were 'trophy' victims not random civilians. We arrived at Gare du Nord from London a few hours after the attack. With the gunmen still at large, security was tight and the mood in the French capital was tense. But there was also outrage and defiance as several huge 'Je Suis Charlie' demos spontaneously developing. Little did we know there would be more attacks, more deaths and a tense hostage stand-off to come.
BLOG: 'One Night in Paris'
PARIS - It’s Saturday night in Paris. The city, as always, is elegant. But this weekend the mood is quiet and reflective. The streets are somber and glisten with headlights in the drizzle. For the first time in four days, no one has died in a terrorist attack. Is it really over?