President Obama offers assistance in Paris investigation

President Obama on Wednesday, spoke with French President Francois Hollande over the phone along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, promising the U.S. will help track down the gunmen who killed a dozen people during an attack on the Paris office of a satirical magazine. In addition to the providing counterterrorism assistance to French officials in identifying and apprehending the three gunman who opened fire at the office of Charlie Hebdo, whose cartoon depictions of Muslim figures have frequently drawn criticism, Obama said he and Kerry discussed the need to Americans in France and around the world to remain vigilant in the face of the threat of terrorism.

President Obama called France one of America’s oldest and strongest allies and said that we must stand in solidarity. In the deadliest attack in France since World War II, three masked gunmen shouted “Allah akbar!” as they stormed the office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. The magazine had been under threat over a series of cartoons lampooning the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. In offering prayers for the victims and the people of France, Obama said U.S. national security officials are in contact with French counterparts. Read more at


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