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Slain Charlie Hebdo artists are laid to rest in Paris

By Staff Reporter

The funerals of four people murdered in the Islamist attacks on a satirical magazine in Paris have taken place.

A private funeral was held for Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous, in the suburb of Montreuil.

Mourners inscribed his coffin with their own cartoons before his burial in the cemetery of Pere Lachaise, resting place of many artists and writers.

Funerals also took place for Georges Wolinski, who was cremated, as well as columnist Elsa Cayat and a policeman, Franck Brinsolaro.

Earlier, nerves were fraught overnight when a car rammed into a policewoman guarding the president's palace. The incident at the Elysee Palace had no apparent links to last week's shootings and might have been an accident, prosecutors and police said.

President Francois Hollande has insisted that any anti-Muslim or anti-Semitic acts must be "severely punished" as he sought to calm rising religious tensions.

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