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Funerals of four people killed in last week’s Charlie Hebdo magazine attack are being held in Paris.

Friends and family paid last respects to cartoonists Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous, and Georges Wolinski, as well as a columnist and a policeman.

At Tignous’ funeral colleagues said Charlie Hebdo would stay alive and they would not be afraid.

Seventeen people died in the attacks, including eight magazine staff.

Three police officers, four people at a Jewish supermarket, and a visitor to the magazine and a caretaker died. Al-Qaeda said it had directed the three militants involved to carry out the attacks.

Earlier President Francois Hollande vowed to protect Muslims who, he said, were the main victims of fanaticism, along with people of other religions.

Speaking at the Arab World Institute, he said anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic acts should be condemned and punished.

Meanwhile Pope Francis condemned the attacks, saying it was an “aberration” to kill in the name of God.

However, the pontiff said there were limits to freedom of expression and the faith of others should not be insulted.Charlie Hebdo Tignous funeral

A private funeral service was held for Tignous, 57, in the suburb of Montreuil, ahead of his burial in Pere Lachaise, Paris’ best known resting place for writers, artists and composers.

A ceremony was held at Pere Lachaise for Georges Wolinski, who is to be cremated.

Meanwhile friends and family are also attending funerals for Charlie Hebdo columnist Elsa Cayat and Franck Brinsolaro, a policeman assigned to guard the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier.

Crowds in Montreuil applauded Tignous’ coffin as it arrived for the ceremony at Montreuil town hall covered in drawings and messages from well-wishers.

In a tribute at the ceremony, Tignous’ colleague Corinne Rey described him as the “king of jokes”.

“Our magazine will live, it will be a different magazine,” she said.

“You were never afraid, my Titi and be assured, we won’t be afraid either.”

Also speaking at Montreuil, Justice Minister Christine Taubira said the dead cartoonists were the “guardian angels, those who watch out to make sure democracy was working” and the “face of France, obnoxiously assassinated”.

“You were dreaming of being free, we will continue your dream.”

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Twelve people were killed in Paris when Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarter was targeted by gunmen shouting Islamist slogans.

  • Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47, who had been living under police protection since receiving death threats
  • Cartoonists Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Philippe Honore, 73
    Charlie Hebdo victims: economist Bernard Maris, cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Cabu, editor Stephane Charbonnier and cartoonist Bernard Verlhac

    Charlie Hebdo victims: economist Bernard Maris, cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Cabu, editor Stephane Charbonnier and cartoonist Bernard Verlhac

  • Economist and regular magazine columnist Bernard Maris, 68, known to readers as Uncle Bernard
  • Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader
  • Isa Cayat, psychoanalyst and columnist, the only woman killed
  • Michel Renaud, who was visiting from the city of Clermont-Ferrand
  • Frederic Boisseau, 42, caretaker, who was in the reception area at the time of the attack
  • Police officers Franck Brinsolaro, who acted as Charb’s bodyguard, and Ahmed Merabet, 42, who was shot dead while on the ground

Source: Le Monde newspaper and other French media

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