PARIS — Cartoonists, religious leaders and top French officials are paying respects to 17 people killed by Islamic extremists targeting satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket.
The attacks that started exactly four years ago Monday were the first of several to hit France, which remains on high alert for terrorist violence.
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In solemn silence, mourners lay flowers at the entrance to Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris, where 12 people were killed by two French brothers linked to al-Qaida.
Commemorations are continuing at the Hyper Cacher market, where a radical Frenchman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group held hostages and killed four people. He also killed a policewoman.
Government ministers and the mayor of Paris presided over Monday’s events.
The attackers were killed in shootouts with police.