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Subways stop, bells toll, voices fall silent as France mourns 12 dead in attack on newspaper

  • A French flag flies at half mast as French President Francois Hollande meets with government members for a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed, and eleven people wounded in a terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    A French flag flies at half mast as French President Francois Hollande meets with government members for a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed, and eleven people wounded in a terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Employees and journalists of the newspaper  "La Marseillaise" hold a journal of the day, reading" I am Charlie" , in front of the newspaper building during a minute of silence , in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, a day after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. French police hunted Thursday for two heavily armed men — one with a terrorism conviction and a history in jihadi networks — in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister announced several overnight arrests and said the possibility of a new attack "is our main concern." (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Employees and journalists of the newspaper "La Marseillaise" hold a journal of the day, reading" I am Charlie" , in front of the newspaper building during a minute of silence , in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, a day after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. French police hunted Thursday for two heavily armed men — one with a terrorism conviction and a history in jihadi networks — in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister announced several overnight arrests and said the possibility of a new attack "is our main concern." (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • General Secretary of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, head bowed foreground at left,  and the Elysee Palace staff observe a minute of silence for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2015. With tensions high across Paris, French authorities focused Thursday on preventing new attacks and police hunted for two heavily armed brothers _ one with a history of jihadi ties _ in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer; Pool)

    General Secretary of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, head bowed foreground at left, and the Elysee Palace staff observe a minute of silence for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2015. With tensions high across Paris, French authorities focused Thursday on preventing new attacks and police hunted for two heavily armed brothers _ one with a history of jihadi ties _ in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer; Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Bells rang out, Paris public transport stood still and children sat silent as France mourned 12 people killed in an attack on a newspaper office that has rattled the nation.

French President Francois Hollande ordered flags at half-staff and a moment of silence Thursday to honor the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. Witnesses said the attackers claimed allegiance to al-Qaida.

Onlookers wept while listening to bells peal at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. The rector of the Paris Mosque called on Muslims to observe the moment of silence and honor victims of this "exceptional violence."

Hollande called on the French to unite against terrorism and intolerance.