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How France will honour victims of January terror

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This week will see France once again paying tribute to the victims of terrorism as the country marks one year since Charlie Hebdo staff, a maintenance worker, three police officers and four members of the Jewish community were gunned down.

A week of events, which will culminate in the unveiling of a memorial plaque in the Place de la Republique, will be played out amid tight security with Paris still on edge after the November attacks.

On Tuesday January 5th there will be a short and sombre ceremony at the old offices of Charlie Hebdo on rue Nicolas-Appert, where Said and Cherif Kouachi gunned down 12 people.

A plaque will be unveiled bearing the victims' names (see photo above).

Similar ceremonies will take place on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, where a policeman was killed and outside the Hyper Cacher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes where Amedy Coulibaly gunned down four Jewish people.

A plaque will also be unveiled in the Paris suburb of Montrouge where policewoman Clarissa jean-Philippe was gunned down by Coulibaly as he was set to attack a Jewish school in the neighbourhood.

President François Hollande, PM Manuel Valls, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin are due to attend some of the ceremonies.

On Thursday January 7th, the actual anniversary of the first attack against Charlie Hebdo, President Hollande will give a speech at the police headquarters in Paris where he will honour those who took part in the operation to hunt down the terrorists and the dramatic shoot outs.

He will also pay tribute to the three police officers killed in the attacks.

On Saturday January 9th Hollande will head to the Hyper Cacher supermarket to mark one year to the day since Coulibaly went on the rampage.

He will attend a ceremony organised by the CRIF, an umbrella group for Jewish organisations in France.

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Finally, on Sunday the public are invited to take part in a homage to the victims of the attacks at Place de la Republique, which was the centre of the huge march on the Sunday following the January attacks and was once again the focal point for tributes to the victims of the November attacks.

Survivors, witnesses and the families and loved ones of the victims have been invited to attend alongside city officials.

In the morning, a plaque will be unveiled at the foot of an oak tree specially planted for the occasion.

French singer Johnny Hallyday will perform his song One Sunday in January before the French army's choir sing the Marseillaise. 

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