French President Francois Hollande leads a minute of silence in honor of the twelve victims of an attack on a French satirical publication, as the nation holds a day of mourning. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: France mourned the 12 victims of a gun attack by suspected militants on a satirical weekly newspaper on Thursday (January 8). French President Francois Hollande led a minute of silence held across the country. He joined police officers at the Prefecture of Police in Paris for the ceremony. Large crowds gathered in the rain outside the Notre Dame cathedral in the capital. France declared a day of mourning for those killed police officers shot dead on Wednesday morning (January 7) by black-hooded gunmen using Kalashnikov assault rifles. French tricolour flags flew at half mast throughout the country. French police extended a manhunt on Thursday for two brothers suspected of carrying out the attacks at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo publication in Paris in a presumed Islamist militant strike. National leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy. On Thursday the highest state of alert was still in place, with tightened security at transport hubs, religious sites, media offices and department stores.