Police hunt for gunman’s wife-accomplice; Lapid tells Europe’s Jews to move to Israel

French police special forces evacuate local residents on January 9, 2015 in Saint-Mande, near Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, after at least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store on January 9, 2015 and took at least five people hostage, sources told AFP. The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on January 8. (photo credit: AFP/ Martin Bureau)

French police special forces evacuate local residents on January 9, 2015 in Saint-Mande, near Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, after at least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store on January 9, 2015 and took at least five people hostage, sources told AFP. The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on January 8. (photo credit: AFP/ Martin Bureau)

Jews ponder their future in France after two hostage standoffs end with 4 hostages killed, 3 terrorists dead; Hollande condemns ‘appalling anti-Semitic act’

(SOURCE)   France is reeling from a terrorist onslaught, with two fatal incidents in Paris on Friday, and at least four innocent people killed. Two days after two gunmen killed 12 in an assault at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the two suspects were shot dead by French security forces on Friday afternoon and the hostage they were holding was freed. Security forces simultaneously stormed the kosher supermarket where another gunmen was holding hostages, killing him. Four people were dead at the scene — killed by the gunman in the initial shoot out, French authorities said, and four of the 15 freed hostages were reportedly badly hurt. The killer’s wife-accomplice escaped. The terrorists involved had been coordinating their activities. The Times of Israel is liveblogging developments through Saturday. Friday’s liveblog is here.

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Survivor describes how supermarket gunman killed customer who confronted him

A customer at the kosher supermarket in Paris managed to snatch one of the terrorist’s guns during the hostage crisis at the site, a survivor who wished to be known as Mickael B has told the French Le Point.

The customer turned the gun on Amedy Coulibaly but discovered the weapon was jammed. The terrorist then executed the customer on spot.

“I was heading for the check-out with the goods in my hand when I heard a bang – very loud,” said Mickael, who had entered the store with his 3-year-old son.

“I thought it was a firecracker at first. But turning I saw a black man armed with two Kalashnikov rifles and I knew what was happening.”

“I grabbed my son by the collar and fled to the back of the store. There, with other customers, we ran down a spiral staircase into the basement. We all piled into one of two cold rooms – our door wouldn’t close. We were terrified.”

“Five minutes later a store employee was sent down by the killer. She said he said we were to go back up otherwise there’d be carnage. I refused to go up.”

French police released this photo of Amedy Coulibaly, suspected of killing a policewoman in Montrouge on January 8, 2015, and four people at a Paris kosher supermarket on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/French Police)

French police released this photo of Amedy Coulibaly, suspected of killing a policewoman in Montrouge on January 8, 2015, and four people at a Paris kosher supermarket on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/French Police)

“By now my son, understanding nothing, was panicking. Then minutes later the employee comes back down with the same message. This time I decided to follow her up the spiral staircase.”

“At the top a man was dying in a pool of his own blood. The terrorist introduced himself to us. He was strangely calm. ‘I am Amedi Coulibaly, Malian and Muslim. I belong to the Islamic State,’ he told us.”

“Then he told us to put our phones on the ground. He walked around the store, armed, totally justifying himself, speaking of Palestine, French prisons, his brothers in Syria and many other things.

“Suddenly one of the customers tried to grab one of his guns which he’d left on the counter. It wasn’t working. The terrorist had put it there because it had blocked after the first shots,” Mickael told Le Point.

“He turned and shot at the customer who died on the spot.”

Disneyland Paris evacuated following false alarm

French newspaper Le Parisien reports that the Disneyland Paris theme park was partially evacuated for security reasons.

Park officials later said the scare had been a false alarm, according to the French publication.

Charlie cartoonist says he ‘vomits’ on new friends

A prominent Dutch cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo heaps scorn on the French satirical weekly’s “new friends” since the massacre at its Paris offices on Wednesday.

“We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” Bernard Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem, tells the Dutch center-left daily Volkskrant in an interview published Saturday.

France’s far-right National Front leader “Marine Le Pen is delighted when the Islamists start shooting all over the place,” Willem, 73, a longtime Paris resident who also draws for the French leftist daily Liberation, adds.

“We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”

Commenting on the global outpouring of support for the weekly, Willem scoffs: “They’ve never seen Charlie Hebdo.”

“A few years ago, thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan to demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo. They didn’t know what it was. Now it’s the opposite, but if people are protesting to defend freedom of speech, naturally that’s a good thing.”

Willem was on a train between northwestern Lorient and Paris when he learned of Wednesday’s attack by two Islamist gunmen as the paper was holding its weekly editorial meeting.

“I never come to the editorial meetings because I don’t like them. I guess that saved my life,” he says.

Willem stresses that Charlie Hebdo must continue to publish. “Otherwise, (the Islamists) have won.”

-AFP

Tens of thousands rally across France after attacks

Tens of thousands of people are rallying across France in solidarity with the victims of this past week’s attacks in Paris, AFP reports.

Lapid urges French Jews to move to Israel

Former finance minister Yair Lapid calls on French Jews to immigrate to Israel.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, January 1, 2015. (Ben Kelmer/FLASH90)

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, January 1, 2015. (Ben Kelmer/FLASH90)

“Terrorism and racism must be dealt with firmly and without compromise; this realization is now reaching the Europeans,” Lapid says during an event in Beersheba.

“European Jewry should understand that there is only one home for Jews and that is the State of Israel”