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France marks first anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attack

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:46

One year on, an anxious France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A reflective and somber day in Paris marks the first anniversary of the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. At the Place de la Republique, tributes remain plastered on the plaza's monument as French citizens pay their respects. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MICHAEL MOGLIA, WHO CAME TO PARIS FROM THE TOWN OF LILLE TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY, SAYING: "I think something was broken. Yes I think people's light-heartedness, their joy of living was really shattered, something was really shattered. You can tell people have their guard up, they're distrustful. They haven't won but they have broken something." The attack here at Charlie Hebdo's now former office killed 12, including most of its staff and a policeman. Several others were killed days later at Jewish supermarket. The slogan "Je suis Charlie" or "I am Charlie" became a defiant cry of solidarity. At the Paris police headquarters, President Francois Hollande paid tribute to police officer Ahmed Merabet who was killed that day. He laid a wreath and thanked all officers for their service during a deadly year that also saw 130 people killed in a wave of violent attacks in November. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "Today I want to express the gratefulness of the nation, to those who in both January and November took all the risks to affront an enemy determined to kill by any means." Back at the Place de la Republique, the motto of Paris and its people symbolizes the city's resilience: "Tossed but not sunk."

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France marks first anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attack

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:46