From the Guardian, this bit on a statement from John Kerry:
"People of Paris and all of France – each and every American stands with you today. Not just in horror or in anger or outrage ... but we stand with you in solidarity. Both in confronting extremism and in the cause of the thing they fear so much – freedom."
He went on to say that France, as the birthplace of democracy, had faced huge challenges in the past, and praised the country’s “spirit of freedom and freedom of expression … that is what extremists fear most”.
Granted, it's more than I would have expected from an American Secretary of State, but that France is the 'birthplace of democracy' is pretty arguable. Greece, perhaps? Even England or Iceland have stronger claims.
That France got the democratic ball rolling in the modern age, sure. Absolutely. The United States was a world backwater at the time of its revolution, and France was the centre of the world when it had its revolution, and far more important. But France as the 'birthplace'? Maybe not.
Not relevant to the events at hand, I know, but what's to say about those?