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Jan 13, 2015

Islamic State must be wiped out – French defence minister

PARIS (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters must be wiped out, France’s defence minister said on Tuesday, indicating that Paris would not pull back from military operations overseas after 17 people were killed by home-grown militants in Paris last week.

After the United States, France has the largest number of planes and troops involved in the coalition fighting Islamic State, which last year took control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Jan 13, 2015

France mobilizes 10,000 troops at home after Paris shootings

PARIS (Reuters) – France will deploy 10,000 soldiers on home soil by Tuesday and post almost 5,000 extra police officers to protect Jewish sites after the killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris last week, officials said.

Speaking a day after the biggest French public demonstration ever recorded, in honor of the victims, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the country remained at risk of further attacks. Soldiers would guard transport hubs, tourism sites and key buildings and mount general street patrols.

Jan 9, 2015

French police seal off town as they close in on newspaper killing suspects

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France, Jan 9 (Reuters) – French
anti-terrorist police surrounded a small northern town and
helicopters hovered overhead after at least one person was taken
hostage in a print works by two men believed to have carried out
an attack on a Paris satirical journal.

Earlier, police had chased a vehicle at high speed along
the nearby A2 motorway towards Paris as authorities appeared to
be closing in on the two brothers. Gunshots rang out and police
trucks, ambulances and armoured vehicles descended on the area
close to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport.

Jan 9, 2015

Hostage taken north of Paris during manhunt for newspaper killings

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (Reuters) – At least one hostage was seized in a town northeast of Paris on Friday during a huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical weekly, according to a police source.

Five helicopters were seen flying over an industrial zone outside the town of Dammartin-en-Goele and the French Interior Minister confirmed an operation was taking place there. A police source said the two suspects had been sighted in the town, where at least one person was taken hostage.

Jan 9, 2015

French police swoop on villages in manhunt for newspaper attackers

CORCY, France (Reuters) – Armed and masked anti-terrorism police swooped on woodland villages northeast of Paris on Thursday in a manhunt for two brothers suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at a French satirical weekly.

A day after the Paris attack, officers carried out house-to-house searches in the village of Corcy, a few km (miles) from a service station where police sources said the brothers were sighted in ski masks. Helicopters flew overhead.

Jan 9, 2015

Armed French gendarmes swoop on villages in manhunt for newspaper attackers

CORCY, France (Reuters) – Armed and masked anti-terrorism police swooped on woodland villages northeast of Paris on Thursday in a manhunt for two brothers suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at a French satirical weekly.

A day after the Paris attack, officers carried out house-to-house searches in the village of Corcy, a few km (miles) from a service station where police sources said the brothers were sighted in ski masks. Helicopters flew overhead.

Jan 8, 2015

French police converge on small town after Paris attack suspects seen

VILLERS-COTTERETS/PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – French
anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris on
Thursday after two brothers suspected of being behind an attack
on a satirical newspaper were spotted at a petrol station in the
region.

France’s prime minister said on Thursday he feared the
Islamist militants who killed 12 people could strike again as a
manhunt for two men widened across the country.

Jan 8, 2015

French policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for militant killers

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – A policewoman was killed in a
shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in
the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of
killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent
Islamist militant strike.

Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the
killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the
worst attack on French soil for decades and which national
leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy.

Jan 8, 2015

Police hunt three Frenchmen after 12 killed in Paris attack

PARIS/REIMS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Police are hunting three
French nationals, including two brothers from the Paris region,
after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical
magazine on Wednesday, a police official and government source
said.

The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie
Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions,
in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

Jan 7, 2015

Suspected Islamists kill 12 in Paris attack on satirical weekly

PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris
offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and
other religions on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in the
most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

Police staged a huge manhunt for the attackers who escaped
after shooting dead some of France’s top cartoonists at the
Charlie Hebdo weekly, as well as two police officers.