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    French President Francois Hollande holds a medal in front of the coffin of late police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe during a national tribute at the Paris Prefecture for the three police officers killed during last week's attacks by Islamic militants, January 13, 2015.

    Terrorist Threat Remains in France, Outside Country: French President

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    President Francois Hollande has paid tribite to the memory of the police officers killed in recent attacks in France.

    PARIS, January 13 (Sputnik) – The threat of new terror attacks remains both in France and outside of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

    "The terrorist threat remains. Sometimes it is far away from us, outside of our country, away from our border… The threat also remains in our country itself, and we must be more vigilant," Hollande said during the ceremony to honor the police officers killed during the recent attacks in France.

    The ceremony took place at the Paris Police Prefecture, where the three slain police officers were posthumously awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.

    Hollande was joined by many members of the law enforcement community and high-ranking officials at the ceremony in the courtyard of the prefecture, including Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Justice Minister Christine Taubira, and Minister of Culture and Communications Fleur Pellerin.

    Police officers Franck Binsolaro and Ahmed Merabe died in the gun massacre at French magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7. Female police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe was shot dead in the Paris suburb of Montrouge the following day.


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