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France: Shooting, hostage-taking in eastern Paris

A security officer directs released hostages after they stormed a kosher market to end a hostage situation, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris

The Jewish supermarket in Paris attacked by a jihadist gunman linked to the shootings at Charlie Hebdo magazine in January reopened March 15, with the French interior minister buying two bottles of wine to demonstrate his support.

"We were stunned by the attack, but there was never any question that we would reopen," said one of the managers of the Hyper Cacher store, Laurent Mimoun.

"It's very important to be here to show that we don't give up. It's a symbol," said Eric Cohen, father of supermarket worker Yohan Cohen, 20, who was murdered by the gunman Amedy Coulibaly on January 9.

Three other Jewish men were killed by Coulibaly in his attack, two days after Islamist brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi shot 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices -- twin assaults that plunged France into crisis.

Coulibaly was already believed to have shot dead a policewoman in another part of the capital before storming into the supermarket to show support for the Kouachi brothers, who by then were surrounded in a printing business outside Paris. All three gunmen were killed later that day in near simultaneous operations by special forces. (AFP)

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