President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute this Saturday to the victims, eight years ago, of the Charlie Hebdo, Montrouge and Hyper Cacher attacks, recalling on Twitter the names of the 17 victims and promising to “never” forget them. .
” Cabu, Wolinski, Charb, Tignous, Honoré, Bernard Maris, Elsa Cayat, Frédéric Boisseau, Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet, Mustapha Ourrad, Michel Renaud, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, François-Michel Saada: we will never forget you “wrote the French president on Twitter.
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—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 7, 2023
Also on Twitter, the head of government Elisabeth Borne also paid tribute to the victims. ” Faced with Islamist terrorism, the Republic stands tall. For their families, for our values, for our freedom : do not forget “, she wrote. ” Satire, irreverence, the republican tradition of press cartoons are intrinsic to our democracy. We keep defending them “, also reacted the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak.
Ceremony in front of the old premises
A ceremony took place in particular in front of the former premises of Charlie Hebdo, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, in the presence, among others, of the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.
It was in these premises that the brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi had killed 11 people on January 7, 2015. Among the victims, emblematic figures of “Charlie”, such as its director and cartoonist Charb, the caricaturists Cabu, Wolinksi, Honoré, Tignous and economist Bernard Maris. A few meters further, on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, police lieutenant Ahmed Merabet had been killed by the Kouachi brothers while trying to stop them as they fled.
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The two Islamists claimed to belong to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and had come ” avenge the prophet Muhammad who had been caricatured in the satirical newspaper. They had been killed after two days on the run. On January 8, another jihadist, Amédy Coulibaly, killed a policewoman in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine). The next day, this radicalized delinquent claiming to be from IS had killed four hostages, all Jews, in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris. He had been shot down in the assault.