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Paris Terror Probe Expands, 6 Things To Know

The situation has largely calmed in France, after a three-day manhunt came to a bloody end on Friday evening with a total of 17 dead on top of the three gunmen killed by the police in the final assaults. Here are Saturday’s key events.

1. FOURTH SUSPECT ON THE RUN The police are still looking for 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who shot a policewoman dead on Thursday and executed four hostages at a kosher shop on the outskirts of Paris on Friday. She was initially thought to have been present at some point during the siege, and at Thursday's killing of the policewoman. But an unnamed police source told Le Figaro that she is now in Syria, having allegedly flown from Madrid to Istanbul on Jan. 2, days before the attacks. According to the Paris prosecutors’ office, there were “constant and sustained” contacts between Coulibaly and Chérif Kouachi, one of the gunmen at Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, via their respective partners. Part of Disneyland Paris was evacuated at midday, after a woman falsely claiming to be Boumeddiene shouted from her hotel room that she was going to set off an explosion. The woman was arrested.

2. KOSHER MARKET VICTIMS We now know the names of the four hostages killed during the kosher supermarket siege yesterday in Porte de Vincennes. The victims are four Jewish males, Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe Braham, in his 40s, Yohan Cohen, 22, and Francois-Michel Saada, in his 60s. The police believe they were killed at the beginning at the hostage situation. Details emerged of how many people who were in the supermarket when the siege began managed to hide in an underground cold room with the help of a Muslim employee from Mali. “When I turned the refrigerated room off, I closed the door and told them to stay calm,” he told reporters.

3. MASS RALLIES As many as 700,000 people participated in marches in France’s main cities, the Interior Ministry said. More rallies are set for Sunday, notably in Paris where foreign leaders including David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Eric Holder, Sergei Lavrov, Petro Poroshenko and many others. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided at the end of the day to attend as well, after wavering throughout much of Saturday. Representatives of most French parties will be there alongside President François Hollande, though it is unclear whether Marine Le Pen and her right-wing Front National party will be there. More than 5,500 troops will be deployed in the region as the whole territory remain on the highest terror alert level.


"Je Suis Charlie" march in the northwestern city of Rouen — Photo: @rimatabtab

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