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One year anniversary of Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:39

France this week commemorates the victims of last year's Islamist militant attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. No reporter narration.

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France this week commemorates the victims of last year's Islamist militant attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket with eulogies, memorial plaques and another cartoon lampooning religion. SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE) (REUTERS - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND MUST NOT BE STRIPPED OUT AND USED IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT OR PRODUCTION, OR USED IN ANY RE-EDIT OR CUT DOWN OF THE PRODUCTION) 1. STILL AND MOVING IMAGE MONTAGE OF CHARLIE HEBDO AND PARIS NOVEMBER ATTACKS AND TRIBUTES WITH ENGLISH CAPTIONS STORY: A year after Islamist militants attacked satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, France has been commemorating the victims with eulogies, memorial plaques and another cartoon lampooning religion. Heavy security has been planned for the ceremonies honouring the 17 victims of the January 7-9, 2015 gunfire sprees in the French capital, which proved to be a grim forerunner of the suicide bombings and shootings in the city 10 months later in which 130 people died. Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical covers gleefully ridiculing political and religious leaders, lost many of its top editorial staff when two Islamist militants broke into an editorial meeting on January 7, 2015 and fired bullets at them. Another militant murdered a policewoman the next day, took hostages at the HyperCacher supermarket on January 9, 2015 and killed four of them before police shot him dead. Other police cornered the escaped Charlie Hebdo gunmen in a printing plant north of Paris and killed them that same afternoon. Charlie Hebdo put out a special edition with a cover cartoon showing an angry God with blood on his hands and a Kalashnikov automatic rifle strapped to his back with the headline reading "One year later, the assassin is still on the run". An editorial, released before publication on Wednesday, said the magazine would continue despite religious extremists who wanted to muzzle it. "They won't be the ones to see Charlie die - Charlie will see them kick the bucket," it declared. The attacks prompted a worldwide solidarity movement, with the "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) slogan going viral on social media. In the second wave of attacks on November 13, 2015, Islamist militants killed people in Paris cafes and a concert hall and attacked a stadium in what was the nation's worst post-war atrocity. On Tuesday (January 5), President Francois Hollande attended a low-key ceremony unveiling commemorative plaques at the main sites of the January 2015 attacks. He is due to unveil another plaque in memory of the murdered policewoman on Saturday (January 9). On Sunday (January 10), a more public ceremony is planned at Place de la Republique, the square in eastern Paris that attracted mass rallies in favour of free speech and democratic values after the attacks and became an informal memorial.

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One year anniversary of Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:39