During the Charlie Hebdo shooting, on 7 January 2015, he was near the magazine's building, so he was one of the first people on the spot after the shooting, having been called by someone who worked for the magazine. He immediately phoned French President François Hollande to tell him what had happened. He saw that some of his friends were dead and provided first aid to the others.
- Megghan Keneally (Jan 8, 2015). "Doctor Gets Choked Up While Talking About Charlie Hebdo Attack". ABC News.
- ""Je n'ai pas pu les sauver": le témoignage poignant de Patrick Pelloux" (in French). Libération, via AFP.
- "Les histoires du docteur Pelloux dans " Charlie "". Le Monde (in French). 2005-01-01.
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