Twitter Users Respond to Paris Attack with #JeSuisCharlie Hashtag

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French for "I Am Charlie," the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag is trending on Twitter after a suspected terrorist attack on a satirical left-wing magazine in Paris. US Embassy France/Twitter

In the aftermath of the attack on satirical left-wing magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which two police officers and 10 journalists were killed, Twitter users coined a new hashtag to express their support for the slain journalists: #JeSuisCharlie (Translation: "I am Charlie"). Users have tweeted #JeSuisCharlie more than 91,000 times in the past hour and more than 258,000 times in the past 24 hours.

"Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion" Voltaire #JeSuisCharlie

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 7, 2015

"...the art of satire has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity". Salman Rushdie #JeSuisCharlie

— Asad Rahman (@AsadRahman) January 7, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in France also changed its Twitter profile picture to reflect the hashtag.