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France: A timeline of terror attacks

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Alessandra Rizzo, News Reporter

The Champs-Elysees attack is the latest in a series of atrocities to shock France in recent years.

"We must learn to live with terrorism," former prime minister Manuel Valls said in 2016.

Here is a timeline of attacks that have left French citizens shocked and changed the nation:

7 January 2015 Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo attack
Image: The attackers targeted Charlie Hebdo's offices

Two masked gunmen walk into the Charlie Hebdo's offices, a satirical weekly newspaper, and kill 12 people, including cartoonists they single out and call by name.

The magazine's editor, Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, is among the victims.

The gunmen, later identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, shout "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") while carrying out the attack, and say they belong the Islamist terrorist group al Qaeda's branch in Yemen.

Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34
Image: Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34

The attackers escape and Paris is put under maximum alert.

8 January 2015 Policewoman shot

A shooter, later linked to the Kouachi brothers, kills a policewoman in Montrouge, and shoots a man, injuring him.

He escapes.

9 January 2015 The violent end

Snipers take position on a rooftop of the Dammartin-en-Goele complex where the Kouachi brothers are holed up
Image: Snipers take position on a rooftop of the Dammartin-en-Goele complex where the Kouachi brothers are holed up

:: 9am

The Kouachi brothers, with police behind them in a high-speed chase, seek refuge in an industrial complex at Dammartin-en-Goele, a town 35km (22 miles) northeast of Paris.

Hundreds of police and special forces besiege the complex, with the brothers holed up inside.

:: 1.30pm

Reports emerge that in the French capital a gunman is holding several people captive in a kosher supermarket, threatening to kill the hostages unless the Kouachi brothers are set free.

:: 2.30pm

The gunman is identified as Amedy Coulibaly - the same person who had been responsible, with accomplice Hayat Boumeddiene, for the killing of the policewoman in Montrouge. Boumeddiene remains at large.

Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly
Image: Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly

:: 5pm

Elite forces storm the supermarket and kill the gunman. They free 15 hostages, and also find the bodies of four people.

Hostages are escorted out of a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes
Image: Hostages are escorted out of a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes

Around the same time, the stand-off in Dammartin-en-Goele comes to a brutal close. Amid gunshot and explosions, the Kouachi brothers come out of the building firing at police and are killed.

11 January 2011 #JeSuisCharlie

Dozens of world leaders and hundreds of thousands of people join a rally of national unity in Paris, while millions of people on social media express their support through the Je Suis Charlie hashtag.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathering on the Place de la Republique to attend the unity march on 11 January 2015
Image: Hundreds of thousands of people gathering on the Place de la Republique to attend the unity march on 11 January 2015

21 August 2015 Terror on a train

On a train from Amsterdam to Paris, a shooting and stabbing attempt is stopped by passengers.

L-R: Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler were honoured for subduing the gunman
Image: L-R: Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler were honoured for subduing the gunman

Three Americans, including two off-duty members of the US Armed Forces, are among those who intervene to subdue the assailant, identified as Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani.

Four people are wounded.

13 November 2015 Night of terror

A series of coordinated attacks hit the French capital, in an act of terror later claimed by the Islamic State group.

Attack on the Stade de France on 13 November 2015
Image: Attack on the Stade de France on 13 November 2015

:: 9.20pm to 9.50pm

Three suicide bombers blow themselves up outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, where France are playing Germany in a friendly.

President Francois Hollande, in the stadium for the match, is escorted to safety.

:: 9.25pm to 9.40pm

In the centre of town, gunmen travelling in a black Seat open fire against a bar and restaurants - five locations in total, shooting randomly against diners.

Another suicide bomber blows himself up outside a restaurant.

People pray outside Le Carillon restaurant, one of the attack sites in Paris
Image: Le Carillon, seen here a day after the attack, was one of the targeted restaurants

:: 9.40pm

At the Bataclan nightclub, where the rock group Eagles of Death Metal are playing, attackers wearing suicide belts storm the club, opening fire against the crowd.

Dozens are killed and dozens more injured, as others try to save their lives by jumping out the windows or playing dead among the crowd.

People are being evacuated near the Bataclan concert hall
Image: People are being evacuated near the Bataclan concert hall

14 November 2015 'Act of war'

Francois Hollande speaks to the nation from the Elysee Palace a day after the attacks
Image: Francois Hollande speaks to the nation from the Elysee Palace a day after the attacks

:: 12.20am

After a stand-off French forces storm the club. The three attackers are killed - one shot by police and two when they blew themselves up.

In the deadliest attack in France since World War II, a total of 130 people are killed, including 89 at Bataclan.

Mr Hollande calls the attacks an "act of war" organised by Islamic State.

13 June 2016 Attack posted on Facebook

A man who swore allegiance to Islamic State stabs to death 42-year-old policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing outside his home in Magnanville, about 35 miles (55km) west of Paris.

The attacker, identified as Larossi Abballa, then takes the policeman's partner hostage, together with the couple's three-year-old son.

Larossi Abballa
Image: Larossi Abballa was killed by police in an assault on the house

The woman is killed while the boy is unharmed.

Police say Abballa filmed the attack and posted it on Facebook.

14 July 2016 Attack in Nice

Mohamed BouhlelMohamed Bouhlel
Image: Mohamed Bouhlel was killed after the attack

A lorry ploughs into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The attack, which sends panicked revellers, many with children, scrambling for safety, kills 86 people, and hundreds more are injured.

People react in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display. At least 60 people were killed when a truck ploughed into a crowd watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in the southern French resort of Nice,
Image: Hundreds of families, many with small children, were at the parade

The driver, Tunisian man Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, is killed. ISIS claims responsibility.

26 July 2016 Priest murdered

French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, who is celebrating Mass in his parish in Normandy, is killed when two gunman storm the church.

Father Jacques Hamel
Image: Father Jacques Hamel was loved by his community

The men pledge allegiance to Islamic State before forcing Father Hamel, 85, to kneel. They slit his throat and also stab one of the parishioners.

The gunmen, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, are killed as they leave the church, shouting "Allahu Akbar" and using the nuns as human shields.

18 March 2017 Attempted attack at Orly Airport

The attacker is seen grabbing the soldier he took hostage
Image: The attacker is seen grabbing the soldier he took hostage

A man is shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapons at Orly Airport in Paris.

"I am here to die for Allah. There will be deaths", he shouted before being gunned down.

Paris Orly airport shooting suspect 'Ziyed B'
Image: Paris Orly airport shooting suspect 'Ziyed B'

On his way to the airport, the man, a 39-year-old-radicalised Muslim known as Ziyed B, shot a policeman who stopped him at a road check, then held a woman motorist at gunpoint and stole her car to drive to Orly.

20 April 2017 Police officer shot dead in Paris

A police officer is killed and two others seriously injured after a gunman opens fire in one of the most popular areas of Paris.

The attacker got out of a car that pulled up next to a stationary police van on the Champs-Elysees and immediately started shooting at officers.

A female tourist was also wounded in the attack, which is investigated by anti-terror police.

The attacker opened fire on a police car parked on the Champs-Elysees before he was also shot dead
Image: The attacker opened fire on a police car parked on the Champs-Elysees before he was also shot dead

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