France remembers Charlie Hebdo victims three years after Paris attacks

French President Emmanuel Macron led a sombre tribute Sunday to the 17 victims of the attacks

A low-key ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath in front of the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Sunday to mark three years of the start of the Paris attacks.

The ceremony was low-key, in keeping with requests from the families of the victims. Macron was joined by journalists from the magazine, members of his government, and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

Three-day killing spree

During a three-day killing spree in January 2015, gunmen killed Charlie Hebdo reporters and illustrators, police officers, and shoppers at a Jewish supermarket.

Eleven employees killed

Eleven of Charlie Hebdo's employees were killed. Commemorations were also held Sunday at the site where a policeman was shot dead at point-blank range and at the Jewish supermarket.

Strongly secular, anti-religion

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly newspaper. It is described as strongly secular and anti-religion, and tends to make fun of all groups. In photo: An old Jewish man pushes an old Muslim man, with both saying, 'You musn't make fun'.

Sued, unsuccessfully

In 2006, Islamic organisations sued the newspaper under French hate speech laws for its re-publication of the Jyllands-Posten cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The attempt was unsuccessful.

The newspaper has also published a number of caricatures of Muhammad, whose depiction is forbidden in Islam.