PARIS TERROR ATTACK
UPDATE 4:40pm AEDT:
There are fears two of the gunmen responsible for the deadly attack may have already left France.
The manhunt continues for two brothers suspected of being the gunmen. It's likely the pair (see photos below) are armed and dangerous.
Meantime, an 18-year-old named by French authorities has handed himself in but denies any responsibility.
UPDATE 12:07pm AEDT:
French media is reporting the youngest suspect behind the attack has handed himself in to police but...
Police have released pictures of two of the suspected gunman, brothers aged 32 and 34.
UPDATE 9:45am AEDT:
There's unconfirmed reports French police have arrested three gunmen, allegedly responsible for a military style rampage on the offices of a satirical magazine.
12 people were killed, and 11 more injured.
Meantime, a separate anti-terror operation is playing out in the country's north-eastern city of Reims.
UPDATE 9am AEDT:
Two of the three gunmen who've killed 12 people in a terrorist attack in Paris are brothers.
The men, aged 32 and 34, and an 18 year old, went on a military style rampage at the offices of French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo'.
There's been terror on the streets of Paris with 12 people killed and 11 others injured in an attack on the offices of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo.
Dressed in black and armed with military-style weapons, the men were heard shouting Islamic slogans as they opened fire, first killing ten people - among them, France's most famous cartoonists - before going on to kill two policemen during their getaway in a series of hijacked cars.
Footage is emerging of the attack unfolding (and a heads up some people may find this distressing):
The magazine had been under protection after re-printing a cartoon back in 2006 that mocked the prophet Mohammed, angering Muslims.
Today's shootings are being viewed as an attack on free speech.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's issued a statement, referring to the attack as 'barbaric'
While US President, Barack Obama has slammed it as 'evil and cowardly'
France is one of our oldest allies, our strongest allies...they have been with us at every moment, from 9/11 on, in dealing with some of the terrorist organisations around the world that threaten us.
For us to see the kind of cowardly, evil attacks that took place today...I think reinforces, once again, why it's so important for us to stand in solidarity with them, just as they stand in solidarity with us.
Meantime, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (meaning I am Charlie) is being used by tweeters who wish to show refusal to be silenced by the massacre.
It's already trending globally... as people use it to show their support.
While parts of the city are still in lock down, Paris locals have gathered for a vigil:
Cartoonists across the world have taken to twitter to have their say, here's a gallery:
While many people have decided to carry pens, and pencils, as a symbol of support: