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Brother of shot policeman calls for unity in France

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 01:36

Malek Merabek, who's brother was killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, calls for unity across France -- echoing concern of heightened anti-Islamic sentiment in the country. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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It's the worst assault on France's homeland security in decades... and Parisians are paying tribute to the 17 lives lost in the past three days. Chilling hours that saw a bloody attack on a satirical newspaper, and two separate hostage-taking incidents -- all stemming from radical extremists' anger over the publication's cartoon depictions of Islam. Policeman Ahmed Merabet paid the ultimate price -- shot dead on the ground at point-blank range, outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo. His brother, Malek, says he is devastated by the tragic events, and is now calling for unity across the country. (SOUNDBITE) (French) BROTHER OF SLAIN FRENCH POLICEMAN, MALEK MERABET, SAYING: "Don't tar everybody with the same brush, don't burn mosques -- or synagogues. You are attacking people. It won't bring our dead back and it won't appease the families." France is home to the European Union's biggest Muslims community. Attempting to curb anti-Islamic sentiment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's important to see the difference between radical Islamists and Islam. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "To be well informed about Islam is certainly helpful. The best thing is to talk to the Muslim population, that's why I welcome the idea that the Muslim communities have had of inviting others for vigils. I think that's a very important step." French President Francois Hollande has also called for unity, saying "it's our best weapon" against further violence.

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Brother of shot policeman calls for unity in France

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 01:36