Hollande: Threat continues year after Hebdo attacks

2016-01-07 15:11
French President Francois Hollande pays tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks at the police headquarters. (Martin Bureau, AP)

French President Francois Hollande pays tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks at the police headquarters. (Martin Bureau, AP)

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Paris - French President Francois Hollande says what he calls a "terrorist threat" will continue to weigh on the country, which was struck a year ago by Islamic extremists.

On January 7 2015, two French-born brothers killed 11 people inside the building where the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo operated, as well as a Muslim policeman outside. Over the next two days, an accomplice shot a policewoman to death and then stormed a kosher supermarket, killing four hostages. All three gunmen died.

In a speech to police forces charged with protecting the country against new attacks, Hollande said the government was passing new laws and ramping up security, but the threat remained high.

Meanwhile police announced that they had shot dead a man who was trying to attack a police station.

The man wore a fake explosives vest.  He was shouting  "Allahu Akbar" as he approached the police station.

Hollande especially called for better surveillance of "radicalised" citizens who have joined Islamic State or other militant groups in Syria and Iraq when they return to France.

"We must be able to force these people - and only these people - to fulfill certain obligations and if necessary to put them under house arrest ... because they are dangerous," he said.

Three police officers were among the 17 dead in the attacks last January, which ended after two days of bloodshed in the Paris region.

Hollande said officers die in the line of duty "so that we can live free."

Following the January attacks, the government announced it planned to give police better equipment and to hire more intelligence agents.

France remains under a state of emergency after the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

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