Following the deaths of 12 people at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the people of Paris have come together to condemn the attack.

A rally with an estimated 10,000 people has taken place at the Place de la Republique with some holding up pens and press cards in a symbolic defence of the "freedom of the press, democracy and the Republic".

The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie has been used widely on Twitter and at the rally by people showing solidarity with those who have died - it translates as "I am Charlie".

"Charb [Charlie's editor] died free"

People have been holding up pens and press cards as a symbolic defence for the freedom of the press

"I am Charlie"

People hold signs reading "I am Charlie"

A reported 10,000 people have gathered at the Place de la Republique

A couple mourns the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices

People light candles at the vigil

"I am Charlie" and "We are all Charlie"

A number of other rallies are reportedly being organised in cities across France, with French politician Corinne Moreldarleux tweeting out this list.

One of the first people to tweet the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag was Thierry Puget, who also posted this picture (below) which is now being widely spread on social media.

According to the social media analytics website Topsy, the hashtag has been tweeted more than 130,000 times today.

As is the sad case in extremist attacks such as this, the local Islamic community has had to condemn the gunmen.

Imam Hassen Chalghoumi (above) of the Drancy mosque in the north of Paris arrived at the scene and said of the attack:

I am extremely angry. These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this.

  • Imam Chalgoumi
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