The Kosher supermarket targeted after January’s attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo reopened here Sunday amid heavy security.
“We have reopened,” Laurent Mimoun, one of Hyper Cacher supermarket’s owners, said. “It has been two months. As you can imagine we are thinking of the victims. Yesterday night when we were alone in the shop we were thinking of the victims. This was the motivation behind the reopening and we couldn't wait to reopen and to rebuild what could be rebuilt - the physical things.”
Inside, there was little sign of the carnage that left four people dead that day in January. The damage was repaired and a steady crowd of young and old lined up to buy groceries.
“I am not afraid,” Annie Boukobza, one of the shoppers, said as she purchased boxes of matzo.
“We need to reflect on what happened. It was a tragic event. We are all close to what happened. We live here and now we are coming back to shop here again because this is where we used to come regularly and we are not afraid.”
The attacks left four people dead at the market, in addition to a policewoman who was shot and 12 people killed at Charlie Hebdo’s office.
Outside the market, a memorial to the victims, flowers and faded signs, remains. One sign read, “We are all Jews, We are all Police, We are all Charlie.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.