Eight years after the attack on the HyperCacher, the French Jewish Community (CRIF) organised a moving ceremony to pay tribute to the victims, but also to all victims of Islamist terrorism in France and around the world.
This year again, the families and loved ones of the victims – to whom Crif and EJC reaffirm its unwavering support – were present at the ceremony.
During the ceremony, eleven candles were lightened in memory of the four victims of the Hyper Cacher: Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and François-Michel Saada, as well as the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the police forces assassinated in the exercise of their duties, the victims of antisemitism in the world, Sarah Halimi, Mireille Knoll and all the victims of terrorism in France and in the world.
The lighting of the eleven candles of remembrance was followed by the recitation of the Kaddish and the reading of the prayer for the Republic, before the whole assembly turned towards the memorial plaque for a minute of silence.
Many public and political figures responded to Crif’s invitation to attend the tribute ceremony. Among them, Yaël Braun-Pivet, President of the French National Assembly, Roger Karoutchi, First Vice President of the Senate, Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, Éric Dupond-Moretti, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, in charge of Transport, and Isabelle Rome, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities.
The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, – accompanied by the mayors of the arrondissements and deputies, – and Jérémy Redler, representing the President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France Valérie Pécresse, were also present at the ceremony.
President François Hollande, President of the Republic at the time of the attack, also attended the event.