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Francois Hollande: Threat continues year after Charlie Hebdo attacks in France

Published 07/01/2016 | 10:51

People picture a plaque unveiled earlier by French president Francois Hollande outside satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's former office (AP)
People picture a plaque unveiled earlier by French president Francois Hollande outside satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's former office (AP)

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.

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

On January 7 2015, a pair of extremist gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people inside and a policeman outside.

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

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

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