Twenty months after Boston was the target of a terror plot, Paris suffered a similar attack. Americans awoke today to news that three masked gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor.

We spoke to a French journalist who traveled to Boston in April 2013 to cover the Marathon attack and returned to report on the Tsarnaev trial. She told us people in France are now experiencing the same kind of disbelief felt here after the bombing at the finish line. 

Watch more of our interview with Laure Mandeville, including what she thinks of the White House response to the attack, on our YouTube page.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Charlie Hebdo has been targeted. The newspaper has numerous received threats, and its offices were set on fire in 2011 in response to its irreverent political cartoons, as The World's reporter and global cartoon editor Carol Hills explained.