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Hollande pays tribute to murdered police couple

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 00:55

French President Francois Hollande eulogizes the police couple murdered by a knifeman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French President Francois Hollande paid tribute to the slain police couple at a memorial ceremony in Versailles on Friday (June 17), saying that the assault was an attack against France. Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion, administrative agent Jessica Schneider, were killed at their home in a Paris suburb on Monday (June 13) night by knife attacker Larossi Abballa, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State. "The twin crime in Magnanville is an assault against the Republic, and against those who had a mission to defend it. It is therefore another attack against France. Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, Jessica Schneider have died for France," Hollande said at the ceremony, which was attended by the couple's families, policemen, members of the gendarmerie and firemen. The killings came as France, which has been under a state of emergency since Islamic State gunmen and bombers killed 130 people in Paris last November, was on high security alert for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, which began last Friday. "This threat is present, always present, once more present - outside France, with Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and in Syria, and inside France, where one can find barbarians who commit these acts of horror in the name of a religion that they disfigure and pervert," Hollande said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also attended the ceremony.

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Hollande pays tribute to murdered police couple

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 00:55