Two years on, staff from Charlie Hebdo joined French politicians for a ceremony in Paris on Thursday to remember the victims of the attacks on the satirical newspaper. Rosanna Philpott reports.
Cartoonists, family members and French politicians, all gathering outside in Paris at Charlie Hebdo's former offices to remember those who died here two years ago when a pair of Islamist gunmen opened fire during an editorial meeting. Wreaths and a minute's silence for the 12 victims, many of them the newspaper's staff. A second vigil on the street nearby, the spot where policeman Ahmed Merabet was killed as the attackers fled. Elsewhere in Paris, a Kosher supermarket is the scene of a separate ceremony. It was here that another gunman took hostages two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack, leaving four dead. The events marked the beginning of a bloody two years in France, followed by further attacks in Paris and in Nice. To mark the anniversary, Charlie Hebdo releasing a special issue. On the front cover, a message suggesting that a reign of terror may have come to an end, reading "2017: at last, the end of the tunnel".