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Charlie Hebdo Office in Paris Attacked by Gunmen; 12 Killed - WSJ

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They killed journalists. That's cowardly and evil.

New Yorker profile ofCharlie Hebdo in 2012 featured this quote, which Charb delivered to the French newspaper Le Monde about his magazine's controversies and the corresponding threats of violence.  

I don’t feel as though I’m killing someone with a pen. I’m not putting lives at risk. When activists need a pretext to justify their violence, they always find it.

While many details are still unclear about Wednesday's attack, the magazine issued this tweet shortly before the shooting: a cartoon featuring Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying in French, "To your health." The tweet itself translates as, "Best wishes, by the way."

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Meilleurs vœux, au fait.

5:28 AM - 7 Jan 2015

Last month Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned that France was facing an “unprecedented” threat from terrorism. At the time it seemed a bit of an overstatement in a country that has sadly known its share of terror over the years. Judging by the fact that the perpetrators were able to carry out such a well-executed attack in a major European city, escape the scene, and reportedly did it speaking perfect French, he may have been right.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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