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Remy de la Mauviniere, Associated Press
People hug each other outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is telling the people of France that each and every American stands with them today.

Speaking in English and French, Kerry says the U.S. stands with its ally in solidarity after masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people.

He says the U.S. is committed to working with France to confront extremism and promote the cause that extremists fear: Freedom — or "la liberte."

Kerry has deep family ties to France. He has visited Paris more than any other foreign city as America's top diplomat.

He spoke Tuesday after meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna at the State Department in Washington.