#JeSuisCharlie hashtag tweeted over 5mn times, #JeSuisAhmed on the rise

People hold up "Je Suis Charlie" placards at a vigil outside The French Institute in London on January 9, 2015.(AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)
The symbolic #JeSuisCharlie hashtag, which has recently appeared on social media to express solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo magazine in the aftermath of the fatal shootings, has gathered over 5 million retweets, Twitter France said.

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The now famous hashtag #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie") reached 5,044,740 tweets by Friday evening and peaked at 6,300 tweets a minute.

Social media users launched #JeSuisCharlie-related hashtags, such as #JeSuisAhmed to honor a Muslim policeman slain in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

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The 42-year-old Ahmed Merabet was shot at point-blank range despite apparently pleading for mercy, and his tragic death was caught on camera.

Another officer who was protecting the magazine’s editor was also killed. #JeSuisFlic [flic for police officer] commemorates him on social media.

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Offline, thousands of people across the world have rallied against the shooting carried out in retaliation to the controversial cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo. The weekly often satirizes religion, and was known for controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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The hashtag #NotInMyName, previously used by Muslims to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State militants, came back into the spotlight to condemn the attacks across France that have killed 17 people.

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During Friday prayers, French imams condemned the violence. The message was relayed at more than 2,300 mosques across the country.

"We denounce the odious crimes committed by the terrorists, whose criminal action endangers our willingness to live together," said Dalil Boubakeur of the Grand Mosque of Paris, as cited by AFP.

An imam in Bordeaux, southwestern France, Muslim theologian Tareq Oubrou, said that Muslims are furious that Islam has been "confiscated by crazies... and uneducated, unbalanced people."

"The people who carried out that attack in the name of Islam are not Muslims... The Prophet did not advocate violence against non-Muslims,” added Abdel Qader Achour, of the conservative Omar Ibn Al Khattab mosque in Paris.

Abdallah Zekr, the president of French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a group that serves as an official interlocutor with the French state in the regulation of Muslim religious activities, said: "Muslims are caught in a trap, between those who kill in the name of Islam and those who are using this to stigmatize Muslims.”

"I am afraid that their acts will get worse in the coming days," added Zekr.

Tensions have been running high across France following the worst terror attack to strike the country in a generation, after gunmen attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine HQ, killing 12 people.

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A nationwide manhunt ended in the killing of the hostage takers in two separate locations. Several hostages died, too.

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