Americans stand with French to declare: 'Je Suis Charlie'

In 2003, the House of Representatives ordered that French fries in its canteen should be renamed freedom fries amid deep divisions over the invasion of Iraq. France is America’s oldest US ally, with the transatlantic partners having established diplomatic ties in 1776. History books here still pay tribute to France’s role in the young US nation’s fight for independence, such as the American-French victory in the 1781 battle of Yorktown, which saw the British army routed.

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