Thousands have gathered in Paris as the president, Francois Hollande, resulted a ceremony for the victims of terrorist attacks in France last year.
On Sunday Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, unveiled a plaque and a memorial oak tree in Pariss Place de la Republique in memory of those killed in a series of attacks that shook France. Seventeen people were killed in the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket massacres in January, and a further 130 died in the November attacks on bars, a rock concert and the national stadium. At the low-key ceremony, veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday performed a sung in memory of last years vast street marchings to mark the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The choice of Hallyday to perform came as a amaze because the high-earning French Elvis, who chose to be domiciled outside France, had been an endless target of irony and mockery by the magazine in recent years.
Paulette Lecossois, who had travelled 40 km to watch the ceremony, said: France needs to stand together. The country is resolved to get back on its feet and continue life as before. But there is a clear fear that there could be more terrorist attacks. Theres a feeling that its not over yet. The ceremony took place as it emerged that police trying to establish the identity of a human shot dead outside a police station in Paris last week after brandishing a meat-cleaver and wearing a fake explosives vest have searched a centre for asylum-seekers in Germany.
German examiners said that they had raided an apartment at a shelter for asylum-seekers in Recklinghausen, in the west of the country. In a statement, they said only that no shows were found that other attacks had been planned. The human was shot dead by officers outside a police station in northern Paris after he operated at officers on the one-year anniversary of the gun massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people. The human was carrying a piece of paper marked with the Islamic State flag and a claim of being responsible written in Arabic as well as a mobile phone with a German sim card. The attempted attack on the police station in Paris went precisely one year, almost to the minute, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. Police did not say whether or not the man, whose identity has not been confirmed, was ever registered as an asylum-seeker in Germany. But the French news organisation AFP quoted a source close to the investigation who said the man had sought asylum in Germany, although there was no indication of what year. The men identity is still being established. His fingerprints are reported to match those of a homeless human convicted of steal in 2013 in the south of France, who at the time of his arrest dedicated his name as Sallah Ali and said he was Moroccan. But the suspects family have since come forward to say he is a Tunisian named Tarek Belgacem. French authorities have not corroborated any name. The French home minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Sunday in an interview with Le Monde that he could not confirm reports that the man was an asylum-seeker in Germany or lived in an asylum-seeker hostel there because he was simply not sure whether that is correct. He said what French authorities knew at present was that he had stayed in various countries EU countries: Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany. He also said the man had no accomplices. The investigation in France is being treated as a terrorism investigation. But French police are now working to establish whether or not “the mens” was acting alone with no connection to terrorist networks.
The news site Spiegel Online reported that the man had already been classed by German police as a possible suspect after he posed at the refugee centre with an Isis flag, but he disappeared in December. Welt am Sonntag said the man had drawn a emblem of organisation on the shelters wall. The newspaper said he had used different names in separate enrollments with German authorities, and filed for asylum employing the name Walid Salihi. The human had also given different nationalities at each enrollment, once saying he was Syrian, another time saying he was Moroccan, and on yet another occasion, Georgian. Read more: www.theguardian.com