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Three police officers and four Jewish civilians buried in moving ceremonies

Seven people killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and its aftermath in Paris - three police officers and four civilians - were buried today.

France paid homage to three police officers killed in the three days of bloodshed and terror in Paris last week while the funerals of four civilians were undertaken in Jerusalem in respect of their wishes.

The solemn ceremony in Paris was led by President Francois Holland  who went first to the family of Ahmed Merabet, the French Muslim policeman killed in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo.

He said at the televised ceremony that the officers "died so that we may live in freedom".

All three coffins of the officers who died, which included a female police officer shot by the Kouachi brother's accomplices, were draped with France's Tricolour flag.

The officers - Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet and Clarissa Jean-Philippe - were all posthumously bestowed with the country's high honour, the Legion d'Honneur.

The bodies of the four civilians who were where shot in the a kosher supermarket in France arrived earlier today in Isarel from a flight from France.

They were Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada.

They were buried in the Har HaMenuhot cemetery in a televised ceremony led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who denounced the terrorists attacks as motivated by hate.

Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo was putting the final touches to its first magazine to be printed since the attack as it prepared to print three million copies due to worldwide demand.

The satirical newspaper lampooned religions and had been threatened repeatedly for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Seventeen people were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, along with the three gunmen - Said and Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly.

His girlfriend and accomplice Hayat Boumeddiene is still on the run, believed to be in Syria.

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