It began as a simple expression of grief over the assault on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
It is now among the most popular hashtags used on social media.
The phrase #JeSuisCharlie has been tweeted over 5 million times, according to visualization tool Twitter Reverb.
About ten hours after the attack, in which three masked gunmen opened fire in the magazine’s office, the hashtag was being tweeted over 6,000 times per hour.
The hashtag was often accompanied by illustrations by fellow cartoonists. intended to show solidarity with the victims of the attack at Charlie Hebdo, which included four cartoonists, and tweets were often accompanied by illustrations by fellow cartoonists.
The phrase has also become a defiant statement in the wake of what is being described as an attack on the freedom of expression by Islamist extremists…