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French Premier Declares ‘War’ on Radical Islam as Paris Girds for Rally

The words "I am Charlie" are spelled out with candles at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015,  outside the French Consulate in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The words “I am Charlie” are spelled out with candles at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, outside the French Consulate in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dan Bilefsky and Maïa de la Baume, THE NEW YORK TIMES

PARIS (The New York Times)—Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at war with radical Islam after the harrowing sieges that had led to the deaths of three gunmen and four hostages the day before, and as the authorities mounted a frantic hunt for a suspected accomplice.

“It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,” Mr. Valls said during a speech in Évry, south of Paris.

France remained on high alert a day after security forces killed Amedy Coulibaly, who the police said was responsible for the deaths of four hostages at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris on Friday, and Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, the brothers who had fatally shot 12 people on Wednesday in and around the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper.

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