France declares war on terrorism after attacks

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday declared “war against terrorism”, as the satirical magazine targeted in last week’s jihadist killing spree hit back with a defiant issue featuring the Prophet Mohammed on the cover.

A rare outpouring of national unity in the wake of the attacks that left 17 people dead spread to parliament where a packed house gave a stirring rendition of the Marseillaise anthem, a first since the end of World War I.

The special sitting came after President Francois Hollande oversaw a solemn ceremony paying tribute to three police officers killed in France’s bloodiest week in decades, while four Jews shot dead in one of the attacks in Paris were laid to rest in Israel.

— AFP

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