I don't know if this was deemed news-worthy in the United States but where I am — Québec — much is being made, in both French and English media, of the fact that John Kerry took a few minutes to address the people of France in French after delivering an official statement on the heels of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

It's quite ironic that his willingness to use a pretty advanced grasp of the French language — once turned into a political liability by all too many Republicans leading up to the 2004 presidential election — is being widely regarded as a very thoughtful, rather moving and much appreciated gesture on the part of the U.S. Secretary of State. Bravo, Mr. Kerry!