Paris attack: Jewish victims are buried in Israel while tributes are paid in France

The four were killed in a hostage situation last week at the Hyper Cachet supermarket on the eastern edge of Paris near the Porte de Vincennes

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The victims of the Paris attacks were buried at ceremonies in France and Israel today.

In a 20-minute address at the funeral procession in Paris, the victims' names were read with the citation that they were "dynamic, courageous, highly professional and had an exemplary record".

The French President, Francois Hollande, pinned a medal to a blue cushion on each coffin as he led the tributes.

"In the name of the French Republic we make you a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur," he announced before bowing for several seconds before each coffin.

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French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a ceremony to posthumsly decorate the three Police officers with the Legion d'honneur at the Paris prefecture

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Police officers carry the coffins draped in the French flag of the three Police officers killed in the recent Islamist attacks

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Policemen pay tribute to the police officers killed in the recent Islamist attacks

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The family of one of the Police officers killed in the recent Islamist attacks

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Relatives of Clarissa Jean-Philippe, the policewoman killed in Montrouge during the recent Islamist attacks

After a minute's silence, a military band played La Marseillaise.

President Hollande said the three officers were killed by terrorists while fulfilling their "wish to protect" citizens of France.

"Clarissa, Ahmed, Franck… they represented the diversity of origins… of the forces of order in our country."

He added: "Madness has no religion, it has the face of hate, a hatred for all that France represents."

In Israel, The bodies of Yoav Hattab, Franois-Michel Saada, Yohan Cohen and Phillipe Braham were brought to Ben Guiron airport near Tel Aviv this morning.

The four were killed in the siege at the Hyper Cachet supermarket on the eastern edge of Paris near the Porte de Vincennes last Friday.

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Coffins of the four Jewish terror victims who were killed during a hostage standoff at a kosher supermarket in Paris arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv

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Coffins of the four Jewish terror victims who were killed during a hostage standoff at a kosher supermarket in Paris arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv

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Family and relatives of French Jew Yoav Hattab gather around a symbolic coffin for his funeral procession

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Relatives of Yoav Hattab comfort each other as they gather for the start of the funeral ceremony

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Mourners react in Jerusalem during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris

Eric Atale, Mr Saada's cousin, arrived with 13 other family members from France ahead of the funeral in Jerusalem.

"It's very hard," he told MailOnline. "This is what happens when one sick, mentally ill individual is able to bring such atrocity onto a whole nation.

"There is a time for tears, there is a time for questions and there is a time for a response. Now is the time for tears - but the time for a response will come."

Mr Atale added: "France must find the right way to respond to this so that it doesn't happen again."

In a moving tribute on Saturday in Paris, the brother of Ahmed Merabet – the police officer gunned down in the attack at Charlie Hebdo – said that his brother was killed by "two false muslims".

Speaking for a group of relatives gathered in Paris, Malek Merabet said the terrorists who ignored his brother’s plea for mercy as he lay wounded on the street may have shared his Algerian roots, but nothing else.

"One must not confuse extremists with Muslims," he said.

"Mad people have neither colour or religion."

A national ceremony for all victims of the attacks will be held at Les Invalides next week.

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