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Tucson author Shannon Cain, now living in Paris, was at the scene of Wednesday evening's demonstration. 'I was surprised at the light police presence at tonight's vigil at Place de la Republique,' she wrote. 'Thousands and thousands of people were crammed into the vast plaza, the streets closed on all sides, the masses chanting. I inched my way through the crowd for an hour and didn't see any police except for few protective cars blocking traffic. The mood was somber but defiant. Sad and angry and wholly nonviolent. They chanted 'Freedom of expression' and 'We are not afraid.' I heard absolutely no anti-Muslim sentiment, not a single word. I brought a bagful of candles and cups and gave away bits of light to strangers. The crowd was massive, gentle, grieving. The night was warm.'

Wednesday's attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents. Read more»

Charlie Hebdo changed its website to read 'Je suis Charlie,'a phrase being used around the world as a show of solidarity for the magazine, after an attack Wednesday left 12 dead.

Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats. Islamist radicals were among the favorite targets of its biting, sometimes crude, satire — along with French politicians, religious leaders of all denominations and celebrities from Michael Jackson to anti-Semitic comic Dieudonee M'bala Mbala. Read more»

Sunday’s elections to the European Parliament may be a big yawn for most voters, but they’re set to provide a dramatic boost to far-right parties across the continent. Read more»

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is staring down the barrel of the electoral gun, an underdog going into next month's second-round presidential election vote. Read more»