Hundreds hold San Francisco vigil to condemn Paris killings 

click to enlarge Hundreds gathered for a vigil ceremony in honor of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper attack victims outside the French Consulate in San Francisco Wednesday evening. - JULES BERNSTEIN/BAY CITY NEWS
  • JULES BERNSTEIN/BAY CITY NEWS
  • Hundreds gathered for a vigil ceremony in honor of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper attack victims outside the French Consulate in San Francisco Wednesday evening.

Hundreds of people held pens, tiny French flags and signs that read "I am Charlie" up in the air outside the French Consulate in San Francisco to condemn the killings of 12 people in an attack against a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.

A handful of participants in the Wednesday night vigil in San Francisco's Financial District lit candles that spell out "Je Suis Charlie," while others deposited bouquets of white carnations and red roses or left pens by the consulate's door.

Many of those present are French citizens and they chanted slogans in support of freedom of expression. The crowd also sang the French anthem, "La Marseillaise."

Julia Olson of Nimes, in southern France, says she wanted to be with people "to share the pain."

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