U.S. senator from CT: French terror attack a 'cowardly' act and 'strike' against freedom

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut has called today’s terrorist attack on a French satirist magazine a “cowardly terrorist” act that threatens journalism and freedom.

“Today we stand in solemn solidarity with our friends and allies in France and condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack this morning at the offices of Charlie Hebdo,” Murphy said.

“An attack against this newspaper — against journalists, cartoonists, and editors — is a strike at the most fundamental ideals of freedom and democracy,” Murphy said. “I’m absolutely appalled by the extremists who have once again demonstrated that they have nothing to offer but violence and fear.

“My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and to the people of France as they remember the compatriots who were lost today,” he added.

The attach by a few gunmen led to the death of about a dozen people, including many employees of the publication.

Prominent role in foreign relations

Murphy is a Democrat first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He serves on Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has been chairman of this committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs (he loses the chairmanship with the Republican takeover of the Senate). He has traveled extensively in Europe due to his role on the committee and subcommittee.

He previously served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and also served in both the state Senate and state House of Representatives.