Jersey

Hundreds at Charlie Hebdo vigil in Jersey

Vigil
Image caption About 300 people turned out for the event, organised by former politician Sean Power

Hundreds of people joined a candlelit vigil in Jersey in memory of those killed in an attack at the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris.

Gunmen shot 12 people dead at the office of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

France held a national day of mourning and Jersey's Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, said island flags would fly at half mast for three days.

About 300 people were at the vigil in the Royal Square, many holding "Je Suis Charlie" signs.

Image caption France is Jersey's nearest neighbour with French still an official language of the island
Image caption People turned up with candles and signs saying "Je Suis Charlie"
Image caption Some had the sign, and pictures of candles on iPads instead of paper

Jersey's Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, said: "France is our nearest neighbour and we share much by way of common history and culture.

"The presence of so many this evening is testament to the feeling of community we share with the French people."

Image caption A book of condolence was opened outside the Royal Court building in St Helier
Image caption Jersey's chief minister said the island stands in solidarity with the people of France

Among those present were the French consul to the island, David Myatt, chief minister Senator Ian Gorst and a number of other States members.

Senator Gorst said: "Today and over the coming days we stand in solidarity and friendship with the French people and their government."

Image caption All flags in the island will be flown at half mast for three days
Image caption Jersey has historical ties to France with many road names in French
Image caption People of all ages turned out for the vigil on Thursday 8 January

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