New Yorkers and Expats Band Together for Charlie Hebdo Vigil

Hundreds sing and stand in solidarity despite cold weather

Supporters hold a banner showing the Charlie Hebdo editor at a march in Union Square. (Flickr)
Supporters hold up a banner showing Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier at a vigil in Union Square Wednesday night. (Flickr)

Single digit temperatures didn’t stop several hundred people from gathering in Union Square last night for a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

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New Yorkers and French expatriates lit candles and held signs reading “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), the viral rallying cry of Charlie Hebdo supporters.

Between 200 and 400 people attended the march, including Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations.

At one point the group of supporters sang the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.”

A dozen people died in the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, including editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier, several political cartoonists and two police officers.

New Yorkers and Expats Band Together for Charlie Hebdo Vigil