Cameron, Merkel call French leader after newspaper attack

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 12:58 PM
Cameron, Merkel call French leader after newspaper attack

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Germany have jointly called French President Francois Hollande to offer support after the deadly gun attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, who met in London Wednesday, offered their condolences after what Cameron called "an appalling terrorist outrage."

Merkel said it was "an attack against the values we all hold dear, values by which we stand, values of freedom of the press, freedom in general and the dignity of man."

Cameron said he and Merkel told Hollande "our thoughts are with the French people and offered any help that is needed."

Three masked gunmen stormed the newspaper's Paris offices Wednesday, killing 12 people. The publication has long mocked religion and has run cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.