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Paris attacks 2015

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Paris attacks 2015
By Jennifer Keogh and Isabelle Cronin
Introduction
Wednesday the seventh of January 2015 was the beginning of a three day attack on Paris, started by two Islamic men against the Jewish people in Paris. It is said to be the worst terrorist attack Paris has seen in 50 years. It began with an attack on the cartoon magazine company, Charlie Hebdo.
Background
Charlie Hebdo is a French magazine that is anti-religious and they publish articles which can be offensive to Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Israel and culture.
In a 2011 addition of the magazine, there was a Muslim leader as the front cover saying '100 lashes if you don't die laughing'
In 2012, a series of cartoons mocking Muhammad were published.
What is Charlie Hebdo?
Charlie Hebdo is a French magazine featuring cartoons, reports and jokes.
The magazine describes itself as secular, atheist and anti-racist.
The principal motive for the attacks is said to be the magazines controversial depictions of the prophet Muhammad.
In March 2013, Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, commonly known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a hit list of people they believed had insulted Islam. This list included Stéphane Charbonnier, editor-in-chief, of the magazine.
Al-Qaeda took full responsibility for the attacks.
Je Suis Charlie
Victims
A total of 12 people were killed in the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters. Eleven others were also wounded in the deadly attacks

Background
The attack was started by the two Kouachi brothers, Chérif, 32, and Said,34.
The brothers parents were Algerian immigrants and the brothers grew up in France.
They were both placed into care and were badly educated. When they were older, they both joined the Boutte- Chaumont gang. This is where they met Amédy Coulibaly, the man who attacked a Jewish supermarket.
Both brothers had been known to the police prior to the attacks.
What Happened? The 7th of January
On the 7th of January 2015, the two Kouachi brothers stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices killing a security officer on entry. They encountered Corinne Ray, a cartoonist, threatening her at gunpoint and forced her to key in a password to enter the offices.
They barged into a meeting calling the names of the people they wanted to kill including the editor- in- chief, Stéphane Charbonnier.
They shot around 50 times over a 5 to 10 minute period.
As they attacked, they shouted 'Allahu Akbar' translating to 'God is great'.
Some workers escaped to the rooftop and videoed the attackers as they fled the scene.
Video and pictures
8th and 9th of January 2015
On the 8th of January, police chased the brothers down a truck road and they opened fire on the police, escaping on foot.
On the 9th, the brothers fled to the offices of Création Tendance Découverte, a signage production company .
They introduced themselves as police officers, however, told a worker 'leave we don't kill civilians anyhow'. The worker then alerted the police while another worker hid in the office to tell the police their location.
Explosions went off in the offices, sending the brothers out to face the police in a shoot off, resulting in the deaths of the two brothers.
9th of January : Kosher Supermarket
A friend of the brothers, Amédy Coulibaly entered a Jewish Kosher supermarket in Paris and attacked the people.
He took hostages during the attack, killing four hostages and a police woman before he was killed by police.
Aftermath
Remaining staff at Charlie Hebdo have published an issue of the magazine since the attack, selling over seven million copies in six languages in contrast to the normal 30-60,000 French copies.
French and Foreign Leaders Walk Arm-in Arm to Protest Paris Attacks.
World leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms to lead more than a million French citizens through Paris in a march to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.

Commentators said the last time crowds of this size filled the streets of the capital was at the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944.

President Francois Hollande and leaders from Germany, Italy, Turkey, Britain as well as Israel and the Palestinian territories all joined together to show their support for the French people and all those affected by the tragedy.
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