France remembers victims of January attacks on Paris

By Kelly Jirsa

A wreath of flowers from the French President and Paris Mayor during a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of last year's attacks outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
A wreath of flowers from the French President and Paris Mayor during a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of last year's attacks outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Commemorative plaques are unveiled around Paris honouring victims of the terrorist attacks of January 2015.

France is marking the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack on 7 January 2015 that resulted in the death of 12 people.

French President Francois Hollande begun the commemorations by unveiling a plaque at the former offices.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo last year was followed by an attack on Kosher Supermarket Hypercacher and a hostage taking on January 8 and 9, resulting in a further eight deaths. In a series of commemorations marking the anniversaries, Hollande will also be unveiling a plague at the supermarket and at the Place de la Republique, which has become an unofficial place of public mourning.

A French soldier patrols after French President attended a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of last year's January attacks outside the Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris. REUTERS/Ian Langsdon/Pool
A French soldier patrols after French President attended a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of last year’s January attacks outside the Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris. REUTERS/Ian Langsdon/Pool

 

The commemorations will culminate in a public ceremony where a 10-metre-high memorial oak tree will be planted in the Place de la Republique.

The attacks marked the beginning of a year of tragedy in France with terrorist attacks by religious extremists taking the lives of 152 people.

Charlie Hebdo is a provocative satirical weekly newspaper. The attack sparked a worldwide movement in support of freedom of speech. Many people across social media and at rallies adopted the phrase “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) as a moniker of support.

 

 

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