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Hollande attends memorial for slain French officers

Francois Hollande said the terrorists were not of any religion as they only wore the “masks of hatred”.

French President Francois Hollande. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - French president Francois Hollande has paid tribute to the police officers who lost their lives in the Charlie Hebdo attack and related incidents at a memorial service in Paris.

A memorial was held for three police officers as funerals of four French Jews take place in Israel.

French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by two French-born brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, singled out the weekly for its publication of cartoons depicting and ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

The two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 10 others at the magazine's Paris offices.

The two brothers were killed two days later when police stormed their hideout on Friday while their hostage was freed, a police official said.

Hollande says slain officer Ahmed Merabet was an exemplary policeman and an honest man.

The French president added that Merabet was able to sort out difficult situations and all the officers had one wish - to protect all the citizens of France.

He added that terrorists were not of any religion as they only wore the "masks of hatred".

Video: Millions protest against Paris attacks.

At the same time, the bodies of four French Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last Friday are being buried in Israel.

The four were among 17 people gunned down during three days of killing that shook France and frightened its Jewish community, the third largest in the world.

Meanwhile, France will have more than 10,000 soldiers mobilised on home soil by Tuesday after the Islamist attacks in Paris last week, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Speaking a day after the biggest French public demonstration ever registered, held to remember the victims, he said France was still at risk of further attacks.

"The threats remain and we have to protect ourselves from them. It is an internal operation that will mobilise almost as many men as we have in our overseas operations," Le Drian told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

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