Around 300 people on Thursday evening gathered in St Julian's, Malta's most bustling commercial town, mourning the victims killed in the terrorist attack at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, MPs from both sides of the house, Maltese and foreign diplomats and people of all ages have taken part in the mourning.
Some participants carried placards reading Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie) or held aloft candles and pens, symbols of freedom.
Organised by the French community in Malta, the lamentation was also aimed at reinforcing the commitment to free speech.
French Charge' d'Affairs Frederick Petris thanked those present saying this was an expression of their belief in freedom of expression and solidarity with the victims.
France is holding a day of mourning as one minute's silence was observed all over the country on Thursday; bells of Notre Dame rang at midday and flags fly at half-mast for three days in memory of the victims of Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris.