Terrorism can kill, but it cannot conquer.
Because terrorism is no more than an admission of failure and cowardice. It means killing for want of being able to convince.
Terrorism is the weapon of those who have not the skill to speak or write or sing or draw.
Terrorism is the weapon of those who know neither how to laugh nor love nor how to live free –and who kill those who can.
The men and women who died did so defending their liberty and ours. They believed in freedom of expression as a fundamental right in a democratic society. They claimed their rights as citizens, including their right to satirise and ridicule without censorship.
They asserted the need for difference, dialogue and rebellion, and the power of parody and humour.
Barbaric actions like those of last week may cause deaths, and great talents can be struck down, but the freedom of a country and its citizens cannot be silenced.
We are all Charlie.
Pr Anne Fraïsse, President of Paul-Valéry Montpellier University, January 2015
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