Ceremony honoring the victims of the January 2015 attacks at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, January 7, 2021 in Paris (Thomas COEX / POOL / AFP)
Six years later, sober and small tributes were paid Thursday morning in Paris to the victims of the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, the starting point of a wave of jihadist attacks in France, have noted AFP journalists.
This is the first commemoration ceremony for the January 2015 attacks since the verdict of the Paris Special Assize Court in mid-December, which handed down four-year life sentences to thirteen people convicted to have assisted the authors.
About twenty personalities, including the director of Charlie Hebdo, Riss, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, François Hollande, president at the time of the attacks, and representatives of cults took part in these short tributes marked by minutes of silence and wreath laying, and punctuated by “Marseillaise”.
The procession, restricted due in particular to the Covid-19 epidemic and protected by a large police force, first gathered around 11 a.m. rue Nicolas-Appert, in the 11th arrondissement, in front of the former premises of Charlie Hebdo where , at the same time and six years earlier to the day, the brothers Saïd and Cherif Kouachi had coldly killed 11 people, including emblematic figures of the newspaper such as the director and designer Charb, the cartoonists Cabu, Wolinksi, Honoré, Tignous, the economist Bernard Maris or columnist and psychiatrist Elsa Cayat.The procession then gathered a little further, Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, where the two attackers, who came to “avenge the prophet” Mohammed who had been caricatured in Charlie Hebdo, killed their 12th victim, a policeman, Ahmed Merabet, before to take flight. They will be shot two days later by the police in Seine-et-Marne.
Tribute to the victims of the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, January 7, 2021 in Paris (Michel Euler / POOL / AFP)
The tributes ended shortly before noon at the Hyper Cacher store at Porte de Vincennes, where the names of the four victims – an employee and three customers – were listed on January 9 by Amédy Coulibaly, who was in contact with the Kouachi and will be shot in the onslaught of the police.
“Time passes, the emotion remains intact. Tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, who fell under fire from Islamist barbarism. For their families, for our values, for our freedom, for France: let’s not forget never, “tweeted Gérald Darmanin.