A Paris neighbourhood was in lockdown earlier today after police shot and killed a man in front of a police station on the one year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
The man rushed up to officers at the entrance of the station crying out “God is great” in Arabic and threatened them with a knife. He was also wearing a fake explosives vest.
On January 7th, 2015 two Islamic extremists burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices and gunned down staff at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The killers were French-born brothers. Over the following two days, an accomplice gunned down a policewoman, then stormed a kosher supermarket, killing four hostages. All three gunmen died.
The attacks prompted the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, as people around the world showed solidarity with the victims and their families.
November 13th attacks
France has been on high alert ever since, and was attacked again on November 13th when Islamic terrorists staged an attack across Paris that killed 130 people.