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Charlie Hebdo: From massacre to new edition

 A timeline of the crisis in France following Islamist attacks that killed 17.



Paris: A timeline of the crisis in France following Islamist attacks that killed 17.

Wednesday, January 7:

- Two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles storm the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for satirical caricatures of Islam and other religions.

- Crying "Allahu Akbar" (God Is Greatest) they kill 12 people including eight cartoonists and journalists as well as two police officers.

- A shootout with police and a car chase ensues, during which the perpetrators leave Paris and shake off their pursuers.

- France raises its alert status for Paris and northern regions to the highest level.

- Police say they are hunting two brothers: Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32 and 34 respectively, who are known to French intelligence.

- Reactions ripple around the world, with the protest slogan "Je Suis Charlie" picked up in posters, newspapers and social networks. Demonstrations are held in France and around the world.

Thursday, January 8:

- A policewoman is shot and killed by a man just outside Paris. Authorities eventually say the two shooting incidents are connected.

- The Charlie Hebdo suspects rob a petrol station in the northern Aisne region and the owner alerts police.

- Investigators find a dozen Molotov cocktails and two jihadist flags in an abandoned getaway car.

- US officials say the Kouachi brothers were on a US no-fly list and that Said Kouachi had spent months training with al Qaeda in Yemen.

Friday, January 9:

- Shots are fired during a car chase on a highway northeast of Paris.

- One man is taken hostage by the Kouachi brothers at a printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele village near Charles de Gaulle airport. Police lay siege.

- Amedy Coulibaly, 32, suspected of the policewoman`s murder on Thursday, takes hostages at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.

- Police release mugshots of Coulibaly as well as suspected accomplice and girlfriend, 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene.

- As night falls police commandos launch synchronised raids on the printworks and the kosher supermarket.

- The brothers come out firing at police in Dammartin-en-Goele before being killed. Their hostage emerges unharmed.

- In the Jewish supermarket, four people and the hostage-taker are killed, and four are critically injured. Several captives are freed unharmed.

Saturday, January 10:

- French forces hunt for Boumeddiene. They eventually say she was likely in Turkey at the time of the attacks, with a Turkish source saying later she crossed into Syria on January 8.

- More than 700,000 people pour onto the streets across France to pay tribute to the 17 people killed.

Sunday, January 11:

- Some four million people march across France in the country`s biggest rally in history. In Paris, they are led by dozens of world leaders who link arms and hold a minute`s silence for the victims.

- A man resembling Coulibaly claims to be a member of the Islamic State group in a video purportedly shot before his death and released online.

- Prosecutors say they have linked Coulibaly to the shooting of a jogger just hours after the Charlie Hebdo massacre and with the explosion of a car bomb on Thursday, both incidents which took place in southern Paris.

Monday, January 12:

- France announces an unprecedented deployment of 5,000 police to bolster security at Jewish schools and places of worship. It says 10,000 soldiers will protect sensitive sites nationwide from Tuesday evening.

- Prime Minister Manuel Valls says that Jewish supermarket and police attacker Coulibaly "undoubtedly" had an accomplice and vows "the hunt will go on."

Tuesday, January 13:

- The four Jews killed at the kosher supermarket are buried at a Jerusalem cemetery following a funeral attended by thousands.

- At a solemn ceremony Hollande decorates the three slain police officers posthumously.

- Prime Minister Manuel Valls declares a "war against terrorism" and a packed Parliament performs a stirring rendition of the national anthem "La Marseillaise", a first since the end of World War I.

- Charlie Hebdo unveils the cover of its latest edition showing a weeping Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie" under the banner "All Is Forgiven". Distributors say there will be three million copies on sale from Wednesday.

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