#JeSuisCharlie tweeted more than five million times

#JeSuisCharlie tweeted more than five million times

WASHINGTON: Twitter users have posted the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag, a sign of solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, more than 5 million times, Twitter France said on Friday.

The symbolic five-million mark, an unprecedented number in the history of France-related hashtags, was reached after elite forces killed the brothers suspected of the massacre and a jihadist ally in a dramatic finale to three blood-soaked days.

The hashtag had been tweeted 5,044,740 times by 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) on Friday, with a peak of 6,300 tweets per minute. The number still trails far behind the more than 18,136,000 times #Ferguson was tweeted in the aftermath of a fatal shooting of a young black American by a white police officer in the Missouri town — the most tweeted hashtag of 2014.

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