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France pays tribute to police officer killed after Charlie Hebdo attacks

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French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb on Monday paid tribute to French policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe, three years after she was killed by Amedy Coulibaly in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

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“She became everybody’s heroine,” said Collomb at the ceremony in Montrouge, a suburb south of Paris.

“Three years ago, we were all shocked ... We were mourning Cabu, Charb, Wolinski. We were all Charlie,” he said referring to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists killed by al Qaeda militants on January 7, 2015.

FRANCE 24's Chris Moore reports from the ceremony in Montrouge

A day later, police officer Jean-Philippe was killed after she was called out to an unrelated traffic incident at 72 rue Pierre-Brossolette in Montrouge.

Her attacker, Coulibaly, then opened fire on Jean-Philippe, killing her “coldly, cowardly, with two bullets to the back”, said Collomb, who spoke in front of a memorial plaque installed at the scene of the shooting.

“The French will remember this policewoman who was shot in the street because she promised to protect them,” said Collomb.

Collomb added that “the government is fully committed to strengthening our resources” in the battle against terrorism, saying that a major plan in the fight against radicalisation would be announced in the coming weeks.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and France's overseas territories minister Annick Girardin were also present at the ceremony.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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