Man shot in Paris on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

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French President Francois Hollande has promised 5,000 extra police posts in an “unprecedented” strengthening of French security, a year after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine by jihadists, the BBC reports.

Soon after he spoke, Paris police shot and killed a suspect who allegedly tried to break into a police station.

Earlier Mr Hollande urged police and other security forces to co-ordinate their work and share intelligence.

Gunmen killed 17 people a year ago at Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

Mr Hollande said 5,000 extra police and gendarmes would be added to existing forces by 2017. In addition, 2,000 extra jobs are being created in the intelligence services.

Shortly after his speech at the police headquarters in Paris news broke about the shooting in the 18th district, in northern Paris.

French officials say the man shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) outside a police station in Goutte d’Or, near Montmartre, where police shot and killed him.

Reports say he was wielding a knife and may have had a suicide belt. A police robot used for bomb disposal is checking the body in the street.

A year ago police killed three jihadist gunmen who inflicted three days of terror on Paris. But questions remain about their jihadist contacts and possible accomplices in the Middle East.

Three police officers were among the 17 victims of the gunmen on 7-9 January, 2015.

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