France, Israel mourn victims of Paris attacks


Senior officials joined crowds of mourners in France and Israel as the first victims of last week’s terrorist attacks were buried on Tuesday. Four people gunned down in a Paris kosher store on Friday have been laid to rest in Jerusalem.

  • In Jerusalem, some 2,000 people attended the funerals of four Jewish victims slain at the kosher supermarket in eastern Paris last week. Their bodies were flown to Israel overnight.
  • The ceremony was attended by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Isaac Herzog and other public figures, including France’s Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal.
  • The Jewish victims, Yohav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and François-Michel Saada, were laid to rest in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery, as requested by their families.
  • “Four new graves in Jerusalem, you’re the victims of the same crime, you were killed because you are Jews,” said the Israeli prime minister. Royal, who also addressed the crowd of mourners, said: “Anti-Semitism has no place in France.”
  • In Paris, President François Hollande led a ceremony to pay last respects to the three police officers, including one Muslim, who were killed in last week’s terror rampage.
  • Two of them, Franck Brinsolaro and Ahmed Merabet, were killed in the attack on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. The third officer, a young policewoman named Clarissa Jean-Philippe, was shot dead on Thursday in a suburb south of Paris.
  • Hollande posthumously decorated the officers with the Legion of Honour, France’s highest distinction.
  • Hailing the officers’ courage and bravery, Hollande said: “They died so we could live in freedom”.
  • Merabet coffin was later taken to the Muslim cemetery in Bobigny, northeast of Paris, where his funeral took place.