#1 TARGET: FRANCE – Coincidence?

Horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered
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LIVING WITH TERROR
Horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered

by Emma Lake 3rd February 2017, 6:28 pm

A series of horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered as they go about their day-to-day lives and a machete-wielding man who pulled a knife on soldiers at the Louvre this morning has sparked fresh fears about the terror threat.

Getty Images Flowers laid close to the Charlie Hebdo offices on a day of mourning following the attack Two years on from the attack Parisians lit candles at the monument on Place de la Republique Charlie Hebdo attack – January 2015

Blood everywhere in Hebdo office after Islamic terror massacre

The attackers – brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi – threatened a cartoonist to gain access through security doors before opening fire on an editorial meeting.

The gunmen escaped the scene and the following day robbed a service station in the Aisne region.

January 8

A policewoman died in the shooting and a man was injured. Police later linked the killing to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

After an eight hour stand off armed cops shot the brothers who had emerged firing at officers.

The gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, threatened to kill people if the Kouachi brothers were not released.

An outpouring of support followed the attacks with marches held in major cities around the world under the banner Je Suis Charlie.

As the struggle unfolded the gunman fired several shots and one man was hit in the neck.

A British businessman helped them restrain him until he was arrested at Arras station.

He had been flagged by the Spanish authorities in February 2014 as affiliated to a radical Islamist movement.

November 2015
On the night of Friday November 13 a series of co-ordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 and injured hundreds.

Five minutes later shots were fired at people enjoying an evening at a Le Carillon in the 10th district – a popular nightlife spot.

Less than 10 minutes later more gunmen opened fire on diners just a few streets away.

At the same time the deadliest attack of the night saw gunmen open fire on a sold out concert at the Bataclan, in the 11th district.

Kalashnikov-type assault rifles were fired into crowds.

President Francois Hollande described the attacks, claimed by Islamic State, as an “act of war”.

January 7 2016
A year after the Charlie Hedbo attack a man wielding a meat cleaver tried to attack a police station in northern Paris.

A suicide belt he was wearing turned out to be a fake.

July 14 2016
A 19-tonne lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, leaving 86 dead and injuring hundreds.

He had been seen driving erratically close to the scene of the attack and police had already opened fire when the driver sped up and deliberately aimed at crowds.

Police believe the driver had help in the planning of the attack and a number of further arrests have been made.

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