Around 200 French nationals gathered at the French Embassy in Hanoi on Thursday evening to attend a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, which killed 12 people in Paris a day earlier.
Candles were lit to remember the dead victims and placards saying “Je suis Charlie” were seen all around the room.
French ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noël Poirier said he was deeply saddened to hear about the deadly terrorist attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
What happened to Charlie Hebdo has shocked the French people, and hundreds of thousands of French took to the streets Wednesday to condemn the perpetrators of the attack, according to the ambassador.
In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande said the latest incident is an attack on the entire nation and an attack on freedom of speech and democracy.
He pledged to do all he can to hunt down the attackers who are still at large.
Hollande declared Thursday a national day of mourning for the victims. He asked the nation to observe a moment of silence at noon on Thursday and fly French flags at half-mast for three days in honor of the victims.