It has been a day of grief in Paris and in Jerusalem where funerals have been held for seven of the victims of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.
In Paris thousands turned out to pay their respects for the three officers who died, Ahmed Merabet, Clarissa Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro.
French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d’Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers.
“They shared one desire: that of protecting their citizens,” Hollande said. “They had one ideal: that of serving the republic. They died in accomplishing their mission with courage, with bravery, with dignity.
“They died as police officers.” He said.
The brother of Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim police officer said “He was killed by false Muslims”
“One must not confuse extremists with Muslims. Mad people have neither color nor religion.”
Hollande vowed that France will be “merciless in the face of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslims acts, and unrelenting against those who defend and carry out terrorism, notably the jihadists who go to Iraq and Syria.”
At the same time in Jerusalem a procession began for the four Jewish victims of the attack on Friday.