1. Various of Place de la Republique, residents mourning victims; flowers, candles, notes for victims
Paris, France - Jan 6, 2017
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Yasser Louati, spokesman, Collective Against Islamophobia in France:
"We have, for example, the prohibition of public meetings, the prohibition of various university events, etc; and this plays into the hands of the very same terrorists we are supposed to fight, because according to what they say in their online publications they are doing this to kill people, to of course endanger democracy and the rule of law in the West. And that’s exactly what’s happening today in France."
Two years on from the Charlie Hebdo deluge, France and Europe at large remain haunted by fear of terrorist attacks, casting a shadow over April’s presidential election.
Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the shooting spree at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people.
The attack by two brothers claiming to be acting on behalf of al-Qaeda was the first in a series of terror attacks that have left France reeling - and the public increasingly worried about security ahead of April’s presidential election.
That spirit of solidarity and defiance has given way to an edgy nervousness - as a series of terrorist attacks across France have since killed more than 200 people.
2017 - finally the end of the tunnel, says Charlie's anniversary cover - showing someone staring down the barrel of a gun.
Most French people are not optimistic, afraid that terror will sadly go on for a long time.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and interior minister Bruno le Roux left flowers for the victims at the site of Charlie Hebdo's old offices on Thursday, but politicians are increasingly under fire for their handling of France’s security.
The country has been under a state of emergency since the Islamic State members killed 130 people in a series of attacks in Paris in November 2015, which gives police enhanced powers that critics say are being used to restrict civil liberties while failing to prevent terrorism.
"We have, for example, the prohibition of public meetings, the prohibition of various university events, etc; and this plays into the hands of the very same terrorists we are supposed to fight, because according to what they say in their online publications they are doing this to kill people, to of course endanger democracy and the rule of law in the West. And that’s exactly what’s happening today in France," said Yasser Louati, spokesman for 'Collective Against Islamophobia' in France.
This hard line security policy is associated above all with Manuel Valls - who resigned as prime minister in November to run for the presidency.
Valls staked his political career on a promise to keep France safe, but his stance alienated many on the left. He faces a primary vote for the ruling socialist party's nomination at the end of January - with polls showing the government is so unpopular that whoever the PS candidate, they are likely to be knocked out in the first round of April election.
Repeatedly shaken by terrorist violence over the last two years, the French now have security topmost in their minds as they prepare to elect a new president. More than two thirds of voters say they don’t trust the current government to keep France safe.