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  1. French forces storm two separate hostage sites in and around Paris on 9 January, killing three hostage takers
  2. Charlie Hebdo suspects Said and Cherif Kouachi killed at a printing warehouse north of Paris
  3. One employee trapped in the printing works was rescued
  4. Hostage-taker, named by officials as Amedy Coulibaly, also killed in assault on Paris supermarket
  5. Four hostages killed and another four seriously injured at the supermarket, officials say

Live Reporting

By Julia Macfarlane, Sarah Fowler, Thom Poole, Stephen Robb, Yaroslav Lukov, Aidan Lewis, Kerry Alexandra and Bernadette McCague

All times stated are UK

We're bringing to an end our live coverage of the dramatic near simultaneous police raids that resulted in the killings of the two Charlie Hebdo suspects and a third gunman who took several people hostage at a supermarket in eastern Paris.

France is continuing to mourn for the Charlie Hebdo victims, as well as four of the hostages killed during Friday's supermarket siege. You can follow further updates, as well as background material on the story, on the

BBC News website.

A vigil for the victims of the France terror attacks

Asterix is Charlie

Perhaps France's best-know cartoonist has shown his solidarity too. Albert Uderzo, who co-created Asterix, released these two images telling

Le Figaro he wanted to show his "affection" for the cartoonists who had died.

An Asterix cartoon released in tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks
An Asterix cartoon released in tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks

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Ian Benton emails: We live in the Marais 5 minutes walk from the Charlie Hebdo offices. We are British/American with our little 24 month old boy and expecting our little girl in May. Paris is a big but small city so wherever you live it is close to what is happening. This is also why Paris will always rebound stronger and more unified as the community spirit is what really makes it the city of lights. Vive la France :-)

Police video of raid

Another video released by French police shows the moment special forces launched a raid on the print workshop in Dammartin-en-Goele, where the Charlie Hebdo suspects were hiding out.

Screen grab of French police outside print works near Paris on 9 January 2015
Screen grab of exterior of printing works on 9 January 2015

Dramatic footage

Amateur footage broadcast by France2 TV shows the storming of the supermarket. The shop shutters open slowly to reveal a body lying as police quickly approach the entrance. They fire into the building.

The shot is frozen when a man dressed in black - possibly the hostage taker - appears running towards the door. Dozens of police enter the supermarket and hostages run onto the street. A body is then seen being dragged out of the shop. It is not clear whether it is that of the gunman.

France TV 2 screen grab
France TV 2

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Francis Huicq in London emails: It will take time to heal our wounds, I have never felt myself this feeling of revolt, deep pain, distress and of being so far away from my country and my relatives and I have never been in a situation of crying at the view of newspapers or watching and hearing the news. The positive in this is the reaction and unity my fellow citizens have shown and also the support felt from abroad.

'Toulouse est Charlie'

A sign reading "Toulouse est Charlie" the side of a building

In an earlier entry, we told you how the Arc de Triomphe has been lit up to say "Paris is Charlie" - there is a similar message of solidarity in Toulouse.

Francois Molins

Paris Prosecutor

Only five people now remain in detention, including the wife of one of the Kouachi brothers.

Picture: Mr Molins speaking at the press conference.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins (R) holds a press conference on 9 January 2015 in Paris after an hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket where four hostages were killed in eastern Paris

Francois Molins

Paris Prosecutor

Can confirm that the search for the supermarket attacker's girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene, is still ongoing.

Iona Craig, Yemen, journalist

tweets: Written statement from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sources claimed AQAP leadership directed Paris attacks. Official video from AQAP praises, but does not claim.

Francois Molins, Paris Prosecutor

Police were able to identify Coulibaly's DNA from a cloth found near the scene of the deadly attack on a policewoman in Montrouge on Thursday. He was identified within two hours.

Francois Molins, Paris Prosecutor

It is likely four of the hostages were killed when the gunman entered the Jewish supermarket, and not during the special police operation that ended the siege. The gunman had called a TV station to say that he had killed four of the hostages.

Francois Molins, Paris Prosecutor

Coulibaly and his girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene, spoke more than 500 times to the Kouachi brothers over the phone.

Printing works employee 'hid'

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, speaking at a conference, says that an employee at the printing works where the Kouachi brothers were in Dammartin-en-Goele, was hiding on the second floor underneath a sink. The brothers did not realise there was another person hiding in the warehouse.

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Giulia Gotti
Giulia Gotti sent in her pictures and says France needs to "make a new step" after the tragedy

Kouachi brothers' neighbours 'found weapons'

The Globe and Mail's Mark Mackinnon tells

BBC Newshour that he met a Tunisian woman who was living next door to one of the Kouachi brothers.

"She had been concerned about her neighbours for quite some time, and described how she heard the brothers praying loudly through the walls. She thought they may be extremists so her husband broke in with the help of a plumber and discovered a cache of weapons. The brothers caught them, and forced them to promise not to tell the police."

Julia Macfarlane

Police 'heard gunman praying'

According to French media, police were able to monitor what was happening inside the supermarket when the gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, failed to hang up properly after speaking to them. The BFMTV news channel says this was what enabled the police to hear what was going on in the background, as they heard the hostage taker saying a prayer.

Amedy Coulibaly in photo provided on 9 January 2015

Forensic experts are still investigating the hostage site at the Jewish supermarket as night-time draws in.

French police officers and forensic experts investigate the scene at the Hyper Casher kosher grocery store near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris on January 9, 2015

Questions over accomplices

It is still not clear whether the supermarket gunman, 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly, had an accomplice or not. Police had earlier issued an appeal saying they were looking for Coulibaly and a 26-year-old woman called Hayat Boumeddiene after both were suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of a policewoman in a southern Paris suburb on Thursday.

Police are still actively searching for Ms Boumeddiene, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Several old photos of the two have been published on Le Monde's website, some of which show them both firing a small crossbow.

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What were the indications?

Security services could not hope to keep close tabs on everyone with terrorist sympathies, but there were important questions to be asked nonetheless, the Royal United Services Institute's Shashank Joshi tells the BBC.

"The question isn't so much 'did they slip through?' - they certainly did - but what were the indications? Were there any indications they were acquiring weaponry, for example; that is a failure. They built up a weapons cache; there are some indications their neighbours knew about the weapons cache. The failure to have forewarning of that is a failure, but I think it is important to remember that there are hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of people on these lists. No intelligence agency can track them all."

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"Paris est Charlie" sign on the Arc de Triomphe


tweets her photo of the "Paris est Charlie" sign on the Arc de Triomphe.

#JeSuisCharlie makes hashtag history

#JeSuisCharlie is now one of the most popular hashtags in Twitter's history, says
Twitter France.

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"Clear failing" in French intelligence

Manuel Valls

French Prime Minister

"There is a clear failing. When 17 people die, it means there were cracks (in security)."

PM Valls made the comments to French channel BFMTV.

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tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay You can kill the messenger but you can't kill the message. je suis charlie #charliehebdo

Morocco and Egypt vigils

A Moroccan man holds a sign in French and Berber during a vigil in Rabat, Morocco.


There was another candlelit vigil in Cairo, Egypt.

je suis charlie

Jack Garland

BBC Newsnight

A difficult day in Paris, but heartening to see relieved parents picking up their kids from schools in the Porte de Vincennes area, now lifted from lockdown.

Jack Garland / BBC Newsnight
Jack Garland/BBC Newsnight

Residents are starting to return to their homes in the area of Porte de Vincennes that was earlier under siege.

Residents return to their homes following the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on 9 January 2015 in Paris, France.
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James Longman, BBC reporter, Paris

tweets: Walking through lifted siege zone. Slowly coming back to life. Strangers stop to ask shopkeepers if they are ok. Uplifting #ParisAttack

'15 hostages rescued'

An unnamed Israeli official, quoted by AP, says 15 hostages were rescued from the Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris. The official was recounting a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Francois Hollande.

Obama to France: 'US stands with you'

US President Barack Obama tells France: "The United States stands with you." Speaking on a trip to Tennessee, he says he has been in contact with the French authorities over the Paris shootings and that he is hopeful the immediate threat is now resolved.

President Barack Obama speaks about the France newspaper attack, on 9 January in Knoxville, Tennessee

Sunday rally

The French president also confirmed he would be attending a unity rally in Paris on Sunday "to stand up for France's values". UK Prime Minister David Cameron, his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among the European leaders expected to join the march.

Screen grab of French President Francois Hollande in televised address on 9 January 2015

President Hollande has condemned the attack at the Jewish supermarket in Paris as "a dreadful anti-Semitic act".

But he said France would face further threats and that it would not give into fear. He called the gunmen "fanatics" who did not represent the Muslim faith. The French "mustn't be divided," he said.

Hollande tribute to police

President Hollande said he wanted to pay tribute to "the bravery and efficiency of all the police who took part in today's tell them that we are proud of them".

"They did it to save lives, and to neutralise terrorists who had committed murders."

President Francois Hollande confirms four people were killed in the Paris supermarket attack, speaking in a live televised address.

'Supermarket gunman phones TV station'

BFMTV news channel is broadcasting a telephone interview with a man who they identified as the supermarket gunman, named as Amedy Coulibaly. In the interview, he says he had been coordinating his attack with the Charlie Hebdo suspects and that he was from the Islamic State militant group active in Syria and Iraq.

But one of the Charlie Hebdo suspects, Cherif Kouachi, told the same channel he had been sent and financed by al-Qaeda in Yemen, another militant group which is not believed to have had overt ties with Islamic State.

Reports say an armed man is holding two hostages at a jewellery store in Montpellier, southern France, but there is no indication it is linked to the hostage situations in Paris.

Interior Minister: Forces showed 'courage'

Speaking at a press conference, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve expressed his gratitude to the police and emergency services who showed "professionalism and courage", adding that the whole French nation was relieved tonight.

He said that forces would remain mobilized in order to keep all French people protected.

Here, Bernard Cazeneuve (L) is seen leaving after a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace.