The French president Emmanuel Macron visited the Christmas market in Strasbourg this evening to pay tribute to the victims of a jihadist gunner who died during a shooting with the police last night.
The president went to the market and put a single white rose at a nearby monument for the terrorist indignation and tacitly remained for more than two minutes after the official reopening of the market at 11:00 this morning.
While he looked solemn and closed his eyes in reflection, the crowd began spontaneously singing La Marseillaise – the French anthem – in memory of the fallen victims.
He then embraced market stallholders, shook hands with the crowd and received a gift from a merchant.
Macron previously met a number of members of the police who were involved in the hunt for Chekatt for more than half an hour, including the four soldiers of Operation Sentinel who wounded the shooter during the attack on Tuesday night.
One of the officers recounted how one of the shooter's bullets ricocheted from his assault rifle during the firefight.
Macron also spoke with policemen who changed the fire with the jihadist and the man who killed him dead yesterday, congratulations for their courage & # 39; and their & # 39; professionalism & # 39 ;.
Macron, who participated in a European Union summit in Brussels earlier in the day, then met families of the victims of the attack.
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French president Emmanuel Macron puts a white rose on a monument at the Christmas market on Place Kleber in Strasbourg, used as a memorable memorial to the victims of the 11 December attack that killed four people
While Macron looked solemn and closed his eyes in mirror image, the crowd spontaneously separated La Marseillaise in memory of the fallen victims.
President Macron visited Strasbourg to offer his obeisances to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack on a nearby monument where flowers, candles and cards were laid
Macron hugged a visitor to the Christmas market when he visited the terrorist attack in Strasbourg today
President Emmanuel Macron received a Christmas teddy bear as a gift from a visitor to the market when he met the crowd
The 29-year-old was reportedly a small criminal jihadist who went on a shooting syringe on Tuesday evening in the popular Christmas market in Strasbourg.
Chekatt, who was born in this eastern French town, killed four and wounded 12 before he ran aground for 48 hours in his home district.
Finally, the police overtook him last night in a warehouse in the Plaine des Bouchers district in Strasbourg and he was killed after opening a police police.
His victims were a Thai tourist, on holiday in Strasbourg with his wife, an Afghan who sought refuge in France 20 years ago, a 28-year-old Italian journalist in the city to cover the European Parliament, and a local Frenchman who had just retired.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted his & # 39; deep sorrow & # 39; at the death of Antonio Megalizzi, who became the fourth victim when he died in the hospital.
In Strasbourg, Macron also visited the Christmas market, which was reopened Friday morning after being closed for two days.
He placed a white rose on the Kleber monument, in the center of the city, where the locals put flowers and lighted candles since Tuesday's deadly attack.
Macron also shook hands with visitors to the Christmas market in Strasbourg while showing his respect to the victims of Tuesday's attack
Macron met crowds & # 39; s when he showed his respect at the Christmas market today after it was reopened this morning
Crowds of market visitors in Strasbourg greeted President Macron as he walked through the market stalls and shook hands with customers and stall holders
Macron got into a car and left after a visit to the Christmas market in Strasbourg after his meeting with police officers involved in the hunt for hitman Chekatt
The French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, accompanied Macron to Strasbourg.
A fourth victim of the shooting died earlier today in the hospital and a fifth victim was declared brain dead.
But the French minister denied that the shooter was an ISIS soldier, despite the fact that the group assumed responsibility for him shortly after his death, but said that he was "a man, consumed by evil" ;
The last night claimed that Chekatt acted for them when he killed four and 12 was wounded in a firearm and knife disaster on Tuesday night.
The French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, rejected the claim as & # 39; completely opportunistic & # 39;
We are dealing with a man who was consumed by evil, & # 39; he said during a visit to the market that reopened this morning with a heavy police presence while the police investigated whether Chekatt had accomplices.
After the attack the threat level was brought to its highest level, but today the & # 39; Vigipirate plan & # 39; – the national alarm system of France – reduced to the second level of "Risk Attack", according to the French government.
When the Christmas market was reopened, armed police and soldiers patrolled the area.
Neutralized: three police officers found Cherif Chekatt (pictured is his corpse) walking in a street in the Neudorf area in the center of Strasbourg at 9 pm. They tried to stop him, but he opened the fire and they shot him dead outside a warehouse
The shooter from the Christmas market in Strasbourg was killed by the police on Thursday night. Pictured: police surrounds the man's body
Cherif Chekatt, 29, was chased by the French police after opening fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg this week, with four
Cherif Chekatt (photo is his corpse) opened fire on anti-terror police who tried to put him outside a warehouse – but was shot in the street
Chekatt hid in a warehouse a few hundred yards from his parents' home, where he grew up in the northern French city. Pictured: the aftermath of his murder
A French military patrol during the reopening of the Christmas market in Strasbourg, in the east of France
Today the market reopened with a heavy police presence after Cherif Chekatt was assassinated by armed agents last night
The market was busy again Friday morning, after the terrorist was shot in the street on Thursday night
Checkatt, 29, had criminal convictions in France and Germany and was radicalized in prison. Pictured: armed police on the market
Chekatt's fourth victim was declared dead by a Paris prosecutor on Friday afternoon and was previously described as being in a critical condition.
Two were declared dead on the spot and one third died on Thursday evening, with French media reporting that a fifth victim is in a brain-dead condition.
Jubilant crowds shouted & # 39; bravo & # 39; and applauded yesterday evening by the French police at the place where Chekatt was shot around 9 PM.
More than 720 anti-terror agents had searched the 29-year-old for two days after he had walked through a Christmas market and shot pedestrians and stabbed before they wounded fled in a hijacked taxi.
Prosecutor of Paris, Remy Heitz told a press conference on Friday that seven people are in police custody, including four of his relatives.
We want to reconstruct the last 48 hours to find out if he got any support & # 39 ;, Heitz said.
After his escape, Chekatt hid at a few hundred meters from his parental home where he grew up in the northern French city.
He was tracked at nine o'clock on Thursday when the police in a patrol car saw him in a street in a district where he was last seen after the Tuesday night attack.
About 800 people had received tips for a hotline after the authorities released their name and photo on Wednesday evening, including two that Heitz & # 39; decides & # 39; mentioned when finding Chekatt.
The information allowed the police to go home in an area in the Neudorf district where he tried to escape into a building after being noticed by a patrol.
He could not get in and turned around and shot the three officers with a gun as they tried to get closer. Two returned fire and killed him, Heitz said at a press conference in Strasbourg.
A French policeman who was walking near the Neudorf district during an operation in the Plaine des Bouchers area in Strasbourg, where the suspected ISIS terrorist was shot during a shooting with police
French police officers robbed a warehouse at Plaine des Bouchers in Strasbourg, near Neudorf, where terrorist Cherif Chekatt was shot
French special police forces secured an area during a police operation in which the suspected gunman, Cherif Chekatt, was killed last night
Chekatt was killed after he shot at policemen, who had given back fire, because a helicopter of the police circled above her head
Questions remain about how Chekatt could avoid the tight security perimeter around the Christmas market in Strasbourg, which for a long time was an important target for jihadist groups.
Approximately 500 police, security agents and soldiers check access at checkpoints on the bridges leading to the river island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the market.
The goal is to make a bubble with searches at the access points & # 39 ;, said mayor Roland Ries after the attack.
Chekatt was attacked by the French security forces in 2015 as a possible Islamic extremist. But Secretary of Defense Florence Parly rejected the criticism that Chekatt's presence on the so-called & # 39; S file & # 39; the country's extremists should have led to a more pro-active response from the authorities.
& # 39; You can not … arrest someone just because you think he can do something & # 39 ;, Parly told Radio Classique on Friday.
Crowds play Bob Marley's Shot The Sheriff where shooter Cherif Chekatt was killed
A French news channel has caused a stir by Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff playing in the background during the report on the murder of Cherif Chekatt, the terrorist of Strasbourg.
The song was played by someone in the crowd on the spot and was picked up by the microphones from BFM TV.
The channel let the tune play in the air during a discussion about the attack on the Christmas market in Tuesday where four people died and 12 were injured.
It is assumed that the viewer chose the song because of the lyric "sheriff", as the attacker's first name, Cherif.
Viewers could hardly believe their ears. One wrote on Twitter: & am I the only one who has heard that I filmed the sheriff behind the images of the murdered terrorist on BFM TV? & # 39;
Another added: & # 39; Surreal! I shot the sheriff playing in the background. & # 39; BFM still has to respond.
The police thanked people who saw him to help Chekatt tweet: "Thank you for your reports that helped to find the wanted individual. & # 39;
Policeman Emmanuel Georg told BFM TV station that three police officers patrolling in the neighborhood tried to intercept a suspect who agreed with Chekatt's description when he was about to enter a building.
The officer said: "He opened his lap, they reacted and succeeded in shooting him down."
One witness said that he heard shots and rushed to the window to see what was happening and closed the shutters when he saw the suspect in the narrow street across the street.
Cem Akcakaya said: I was very afraid of my children, I said they had to leave and I went to the side. & # 39;
More than 720 French security forces had been hunting for the 29-year-old terrorist since bloodshed at a Christmas market in the city on Tuesday evening
French special police units secure an area during a police operation in Neudorf in the Meinau district after the deadly shooting in Strasbourg, France
Researchers working in the street during a police operation in which the suspected gunman, Cherif Chekatt, who killed four people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, was killed tonight
Heavily armed police thundered at the Neudorf quarter in Strasbourg in the midst of a huge manhunt on the Christmas market.
Forensic and armed officers working at the place where Chekatt was murdered during a gunfight on Thursday evening
Checkatt, 29, had 27 criminal convictions in four countries and was radicalized in prison. After his death, the ISIS propaganda press agency Amaq claimed that he was a "soldier & # 39; from Daesh.
The police found weapons and jihadist propaganda in his apartment and Wednesday arrested his parents, two brothers and a friend in connection with the attack. On Friday, they arrested his third brother in Algeria to see if he was involved.
The propaganda wing of the Islamic State Group demanded the responsibility for Tuesday's attack and named Chekatt one of his soldiers & # 39; who responded to his calls to approach citizens of countries in the coalition conducted by the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
Of the 12 wounded at the attack, two remain in critical condition, while three others have been released from the hospital, Castaner said Thursday.
Strasbourg mayor Roland Ries told reporters after news that Chekatt had been killed: "I think it will help to return to a life that I would describe as normal. With the death of this terrorist … citizens, like me, are relieved. & # 39;
Neighbors at the residential area where the Chekatt family lived, described the suspect as a typical young man dressed in sweatpants and trainers instead of traditional Muslim robes.
A leader of a community group said outside the Chekkat apartment building in Strasbourg: "He was a small gangster, but I did not see signs that he was being radicalized."
The parquet office in Paris said that Chekatt's parents and two brothers were being held in custody, while two of his sisters in Paris were also questioned today and one of their houses was being searched.
Rescue workers walked past policemen with hoods who waited in Strasbourg, eastern France, where Chekatt was shot and killed
Hooded policemen block access in the Meinau district in Strasbourg, in the east of France, while the terrorist hunt continued when the night fell
Police cars at the scene of the shooting in the Neudorf district in Strasbourg this evening as officers in bulletproof vests and with guns hunting for Chekatt during the day
The parquet office of Paris said that Chekatt's parents and two brothers were being held in custody, while two of his sisters in Paris were also interrogated and one of their houses was searched
A police officer with a hood holding his weapon in Strasbourg, in the east of France, while armed officers were combing the Neudorf quarter in Strasbourg in search of the shooter
The French president Emmanuel Macron showed "solidarity of the whole country & # 39; to the victims when he arrived last night for a European summit in Brussels.
Not only France is affected … but also a major European city, he added, referring to the seat of the European Parliament in the Eastern French city on the border with Germany.
A relieved Strasbourg willing to reopen its popular Christmas market on Friday after the French police killed the shooter who killed four people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State Group.
Cherif Chekatt was murdered Thursday night after a two-day manhunt when a police patrol saw him in a street in the district where he was last seen after Tuesday night's attack on Christmas buyers.
The lights on the towering Christmas tree on the market had been illuminated for the first time on Friday since the attack for the official reopening of the market at 11 am.
"I hope life will return to normal, but I'm not so sure," said Franck Hoffmann when he opened his wooden chalet with Christmas candles and decorations on Friday.
& # 39; Business is not going to be what it was, & # 39; he predicted.
Questions remained as to how Chekatt could evade the tight security perimeter set up for an event known to be an important target for jihadist groups.
Heavily armed French police fell on a street in the Neudorf district of Strasbourg on Thursday in the middle of a hunt for Christmas market shooter Cherif Chekatt
Officers blocked a street in the east of the French city, although it was not immediately clear whether they had followed Chekatt
The raid comes two days after Chekatt killed four and wounded 12 after opening fire at the city's Christmas market before fleeing when he was shot in the shoulder
Officers roam the streets in Neudorf, the neighborhood where Chekatt was dropped off by a taxi driver after his raiding
Officers have been looking for signs of archer Cherif Chekatt for two days, amid the fear that he would strike for the second time.
Franse speciale politiemachten werden ook gespot in de wijk Meinau, dicht bij Neudorf, terwijl zwaar bewapend
Ongeveer 500 politie, veiligheidsagenten en soldaten controleren de toegang bij controleposten op de bruggen die leiden naar het riviereiland, een UNESCO-werelderfgoed, dat de markt herbergt.
Het doel is om 'een luchtbel te creëren met zoekopdrachten op de toegangspunten', zei burgemeester Roland Ries na de aanval, terwijl de regionale regeringsvertegenwoordiger Jean-Luc Marx zei dat hij 'geen fouten in de beveiligingsmaatregelen' had vastgesteld.
Veel bewoners waren echter niet overtuigd nadat Chekatt erin slaagde door de knoppen te glippen met een pistool en een mes.
'Het verbaast me niet', zei Emeline, 38, die in het stadscentrum werkt. 'Je draagt een zware jas, legt iets in de bodem van je tas. Je kunt inbrengen wat je wilt. & # 39;
De Franse terrorismedeskundige, Remy Heitz, zal vrijdag een persconferentie houden in Straatsburg, terwijl minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Christophe Castaner de heropening van de markt zal bijwonen, die elk jaar twee miljoen mensen trekt.
Frankrijk is zeer alert geweest sinds het begin van een golf van jihadistische aanvallen in 2015, wat leidde tot een drievoudige stijging van het beveiligingsbudget voor de markt, tot een miljoen euro.
De Franse politie heeft het publiek opgeroepen op zoek te gaan naar Chekatt en contact met hen op te nemen als ze informatie hebben, maar niet om hem te benaderen
In totaal 720 politie en gendarmes waren op zoek naar Chekatt in een uitgestrekte regio van Oost-Frankrijk, met behulp van helikopters, langs de weg zoeken en grensbewaking
Honderden troepen werden ook opgeroepen om openbare plaatsen te bewaken, inclusief kerstmarkten, te midden van de angst dat Chekatt opnieuw zal aanvallen
Anupong Suebsamarn, 45, die doodgeschoten was op de markt, had aanvankelijk niet gepland om daar te zijn en zou in Parijs zijn, maar veranderde zijn plannen op het laatste moment
De politie waarschuwde dat Chekatt als gevaarlijk moet worden beschouwd en dat burgers informatie moeten geven aan de autoriteiten en hem niet mogen benaderen
Chekatt, een 29-jarige carrière crimineel die woonde in een vervallen appartement blok op een klein eindje rijden van het stadscentrum, werd in 2015 door de Franse veiligheidstroepen gemarkeerd als een mogelijke islamitische extremist.
Straatsburgs afgevaardigde-burgemeester Alain Fontanel gaf toe dat ondanks patrouilles, politie in burgerkleding, profilers en videobewaking, "de risico's kunnen worden verminderd, maar niet geëlimineerd".
'We kunnen niet patchen en iedereen zoeken, alleen willekeurige controles uitvoeren', zei hij, eraan toevoegend dat grote lijnen bij controleposten alleen een nieuw potentieel doel voor terroristen zouden creëren.
'Iemand die zo'n groot gebied met een wapen wil bereiken, kan het doen,' he said.
Een dergelijke redenering was weinig troost voor de inwoners en toeristen die naar de markt van Straatsburg trekken.
'We dachten dat dit alleen in Nice of op Bataclan zou gebeuren, maar hier is het thuis', zei Sylvain, die op een andere markt in het stadscentrum werkt.
Hij verwees naar de vrachtwagenaanval die de scores op Bastille Day-festiviteiten in Nice, Zuid-Frankrijk, in 2016, en het bloedbad in het Bataclan-concertgebouw van de hoofdstad in november 2015 heeft gedood.
'Ik zal dit niet snel vergeten. Het is te pijnlijk. Ik weet niet eens zeker of ik kan huilen, 'zei hij.
Inwoners van de Neudorf wijk in Straatsburg drukten opluchting, zoals Pierre Plasse, die zei: 'Iedereen is heel blij dat de moordenaar eindelijk is neergeschoten. Ik denk dat de stad en het leven in Straatsburg nog kunnen doorgaan. & # 39;
Yellow Vests drong erop aan om van de straat te blijven
De Franse regering heeft er bij de demonstranten van Yellow Vest op aangedrongen om nog een ronde demonstraties te houden die dit weekend in Parijs zullen plaatsvinden.
Woordvoerder Benjamin Griveaux zei dat de ministers besloten de marsen niet te verbieden, maar mensen vroegen 'redelijk' te zijn te midden van een massale klopjacht op Straatsburgschietster Cherif Chekatt.
Het komt nadat complottheoretici de regering ervan beschuldigden de terreur aan te vallen om de beweging van het gele vest te vernietigen.
Schrijvend in online forums, zei een protestant: 'Je zult zien dat er volgende week geen geel vest zal zijn. Goed gespeeld, Macron. & # 39;
President Emmanuel Macron heeft de demonstranten al een pakket van £ 9 miljard aan concessies aangeboden, waaronder loonsverhogingen en belastingverlagingen.
Maar velen klaagden dat de maatregelen te weinig, te laat waren en beloofden door te gaan met wekenlange protesten, die vaak gewelddadig zijn geworden.
'Onze veiligheidstroepen zijn de afgelopen weken uitgebreid ingezet', zei Griveaux, terwijl hij erop stond dat 'het niet aan ons is om te zeggen of de beweging moet worden afgeblazen of niet.'
In de nasleep van de aanval in Straatsburg, 'zou het beter zijn als iedereen zaterdag rustig voor het einde van het jaar zijn vieringen met hun familie kon doorbrengen, in plaats van onze veiligheidstroepen weer te laten zien en te laten werken.'
Afgelopen zaterdag zijn bijna 90.000 politieagenten door het hele land gemobiliseerd voor de protesten, met 8.000 officieren en een tiental gepantserde voertuigen ingezet in de hoofdstad waar tal van winkels, musea en monumenten zijn gesloten.
De kaarswake-wake werd woensdag in Straatsburg gehouden voor de slachtoffers van de schietpartij. Vier mensen stierven en nog twaalf mensen raakten gewond
Mensen leggen kaarsen en bloemen neer als eerbetoon aan hen die zijn overleden op de Place Kléber, in Straatsburg