Speaking to French newspaper l-Humanité, Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Corinne Rey detailed the moment she encountered the attackers at the front door of the building that houses the newspaper's offices:
"I had gone to get my daughter at nursery. When I arrived in front of the door of the building of the paper, two men hooded and armed brutally threatened us. They wanted to come in, go up. I pressed in the code. They shot... It lasted five minutes... I had hidden under my desk... They spoke French perfectly... They said they were al-Qaeda." [Translation via The Telegraph]
Rey spoke to l-Humanité by phone, reportedly while she was still at the crime scene.