France victims buried as Charlie Hebdo hits back with Mohammed cartoon

France victims buried as Charlie Hebdo hits back with Mohammed cartoon
A man light candles during a tribute for the victims of the shootings at the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris, in front of the French embassy in Tel Aviv January 11, 2015.

PARIS - Victims of a wave of Islamist attacks in France were being buried Tuesday as the Charlie Hebdo weekly hit back after the massacre of its staff with a front-page cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed under the banner: "All is forgiven".

Draped in the red, white and blue of France's flag, the coffins of three police officers killed during the attacks were carried at a solemn ceremony attended by President Francois Hollande as uniformed colleagues lined a large square of the police headquarters in Paris.

In Israel, thousands of mourners gathered at a cemetery for the funeral of four Jews gunned down in a Parisian supermarket in the coordinated three-day killing spree.

Seventeen people were slaughtered in the attacks that began with a jihadist assault on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine last Wednesday and ended in a bloody hostage drama at a Jewish supermarket two days later.

The supermarket killer, Amedy Coulibaly, and the Charlie Hebdo gunmen, Said and Cherif Kouachi, who were also holed up with a hostage, were killed in quick succession in two police blitzes on Friday.

The magazine refused to be cowed by the attack that wiped out 10 members of staff. It prepared a cover for its next edition Wednesday showing a weeping Prophet Mohammed holding a sign with the now-famous phrase "Je suis Charlie".

It is the kind of goading content that has long drawn the ire of some Muslims because of the visual depiction of Mohammed. During their attack on the magazine, which also lampoons other religions, the gunmen proclaimed they were "avenging the prophet".

Charlie Hebdo, which has become the symbol of freedom of expression in the wake of the bloodshed, was preparing a massive print run of three million copies, compared to its usual 60,000.

It will appear in 16 languages and be sold in 25 countries.

'A military operation'

France, which has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, was shaken to its core by the attacks, which prompted a historic outpouring of unity and saw nearly four million people rally across the country on Sunday.

Some 1.5 million crammed into the streets of Paris alone, but despite the defiant turnout the nation remained jittery and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced some 10,000 troops will be deployed to protect sensitive sites.

He said the deployment, in addition to another 5,000 police officers on the streets, was being handled like "a military operation".

"This is the first time that our troops have been mobilised to such an extent on our own soil," he said.

With tensions still high, Muslim community leaders have reported more than 50 incidents since the Charlie Hebdo assault, including apparent arson at a mosque in the city of Poitiers on Sunday.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls will on Tuesday address parliament on the country's response to the terror threat as attention turns to security failings that allowed men known to anti-terror police to slip through the cracks.

He said Monday he wanted to see an "improved" system of tapping phones.

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