Vigils across Canada after French magazine attack

8th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

Vigils were held in bone-chilling weather across Canada for the 12 victims of an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

In Montreal, more than 1,000 people braved piercing winds and a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (-4 Farenheit) to express solidarity with France, while Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney placed a dozen white roses in the snow outside France's consulate in Quebec City.

Earlier, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed anger and sadness over the "barbaric" attack.

"Canadians stand with France on this dark day," he said.

"Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value."

Outside city hall in Montreal, mayor Denis Coderre -- echoed by the shivering crowd -- shouted: "We're all French, we're all Charlie!"

In Ottawa and Quebec City, where temperatures plunged to minus 40 Celsius/Farenheit in the evening, hundreds more held vigils outside French missions.

More were expected later at events in western Canada, including at the new Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg -- a symbol of freedom of expression -- as well as in Calgary and Vancouver.

Several government buildings in mostly French-speaking Quebec province also lowered flags to half-mast.

© 2015 AFP

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