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Hollande thanks police a year after Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:25

French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath at a memorial for police officers killed on duty a year after the militant attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French President Francois Hollande spoke to law enforcement officers on Thursday (January 7) in his annual new year's address, on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. In a ceremony that took place in the rain, Hollande acknowledged police forces, military members and gendarmerie, before laying a wreath at a memorial for police officers killed on duty. He thanked law enforcement officers for their service. "Ladies and gentlemen, you protect the French people. You also protect their way of life, their liberty. That way of life, that's what the terrorists wanted to attack, because joy, sharing, culture, inspired hatred in them. Probably not in decades has your mission been more necessary, more demanding. Because terrorism is not done burdening our country with this formidable threat," Hollande said. On January 7, 2015, Islamist militants opened fire during an editorial meeting at the satirical weekly, known for lampooning Islam and other religions, killing 11 people including police officers.

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Hollande thanks police a year after Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:25