Thousands gathered in Paris for public ceremonies marking anniversary of terrorist attacks

President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the Place de la Republique

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A week of commemoration in Paris has drawn to a close this evening, as tens of thousands of people gathered in Paris to mark the first anniversary of a series of terrorist attacks.

Remembrance events marking the attacks - including at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - have been taking place all week, culminating in today's ceremonies.

President Francois Hollande is leading the public event at Place de la Republique in memory of 17 people killed in the terror attacks last January.

Mr Hollande laid a wreath at the square where a 10 metre-high Oak tree was planted and a one-minute silence held.

French rock giant Johnny Hallyday performed A Sunday in January – recalling a unity march of 1.6 million people in Paris following the attacks.

It was followed by songs from the French army choir and a reading from 19th century French poet and author Victor Hugo.

The reading struck a note of defiance, calling Paris the "capital of civilisation" and said if Paris is attacked, civilisation is attacked.

The square has become a rallying point for the Je Suis Charlie movement and after the November 13th Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.

French journalist Nabila Ramdani told Sky News: "Today is a chance for those connected with the attacks to show their unity to the world."

But she added that Paris had suffered because some still feared going out and "it is not as buzzing as it used to be".

Events have been taking place all week to mark the anniversary of the attacks on the satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

Two Muslim extremists carried out the killings in revenge for publication in the magazine of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.