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Hollande says unity "best weapon" after attack suspects killed

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 01:38

French President Francois Hollande says that national unity is the ''best weapon'' against future security threats, after three gunman were killed in two separate police assaults. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The Arc de Triomphe shines in support for satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo... after two suspects, wanted for Wednesday's grisly attack, were killed by anti-terrorist police. The dramatic police assault in a small northern town was echoed at a Jewish supermarket northeast of Paris, where a siege ended with the gunman dead... along with four hostages. This man says he was shocked as he watched the operation unfold, standing just 50 meters away: (SOUNDBITE) (French) EYEWITNESS OF PARIS SUPERMARKET ASSAULT, ALEXIS, SAYING: "How can I say... First there were some loud shots of what I imagine to be mortar fire and then the rest you can imagine." French President Francois Hollande confirmed hostages were killed, and warned that France has not seen an end to such brutal security threats. He says national unity is France's "best weapon" against radical extremists. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "Finally, we must mobilize. we must be capable to respond to attacks by force that we are forced to use, but also by solidarity. This solidarity, we must show it all efficiency. We are a free people who give in to no pressure, who is not afraid, because we carry an ideal which is bigger than us." France is planning a unity rally on Sunday with a guest list of European leaders.... while at the same time, French authorities are trying to prevent a rise in vengeful anti-immigrant sentiment.

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Hollande says unity "best weapon" after attack suspects killed

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 01:38