14 Jan 2015

Ceremonies honour Paris attack victims

8:07 am on 14 January 2015

Funeral ceremonies have been held for four Jewish victims of last week's terror in France, and police officers who were killed have been been honoured in Paris.

Last week's three days of terror began with an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7 January. A total of 17 people were killed by three Islamist gunmen, who were shot dead by police at the end of two separate seiges.

Mourners at the funerals of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab in Jerusalem.

Mourners at the funerals of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

The four Jewish victims of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris - Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada - have been buried at the Har HaMenuhot cemetery before thousands of French and Israeli mourners.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among the hundreds attending the Jerusalem funerals, told mourners the victims' lives had been "cut down by hatred".

The victims' relatives recited a traditional prayer and read eulogies, the BBC reported.

In Paris, the three police officers killed in the terror attacks were honoured in a ceremony led by President François Hollande.

The officers killed during the terror attacks were posthumously bestowed France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur.

The officers killed during the terror attacks were posthumously bestowed France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur. Photo: AFP

At the police headquarters in Paris, Mr Hollande posthumously bestowed France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur, on the three officers - Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet and Clarissa Jean-Philippe - their coffins draped in the French flag.

The president said the three - one black, one white, one Arab - represented the diversity of France, and its unity in the face of a brutal attack.

"They died carrying out their duty with courage, bravery, dignity," the president said. "They died as police officers."

Crowds of mourners at the Har HaMenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.

Crowds of mourners at the Har HaMenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

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