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Je suis Charlie remains in France's thoughts

By Kerry McKittrick

"Not Even Afraid" reads a banner hanging amid flowers, candles, drawings and notes decorating the Republic Monument in Paris on Thursday.

The display was photographed during a ceremony at the Place de la Republique in memory of the victims of the terror attacks that took place in Paris exactly one year earlier

The landmark has become something of a rallying point after the terror attacks in Paris in both January and November of last year. The event was part of a week of commemorations.

The world was stunned on January 7, 2015 when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi forced their way into the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire.

They killed 12 people and injured 12 more before shooting dead a police officer on the street outside as they escaped.

The brothers were shot dead by police two days later following a massive manhunt. It was revealed that they were members of al-Qaeda, which admitted responsibility for the attacks.

After the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, there were a number of other terrorist attacks, including the murder of a police officer and a hostage stand-off at a kosher supermarket in Paris.

By the end of two days of terror, 17 people had died.

Still reeling from the terror attacks of November 2015, when 130 were killed in attacks around the city, the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack was commemorated in a number of different ceremonies around the capital.

Earlier in the week, French President Francois Hollande unveiled a plaque in memory of the victims and paid tribute to the courage of the police officers who lost their lives in the attack.

Three more plaques have been unveiled throughout Paris with a minute's silence at each ceremony.

Since the attack, Charlie Hebdo has moved offices. Their anniversary edition features God on the cover with a gun slung over his back and robes spattered with blood.

The headline reads: "The killer is still out there."

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