Charlie Hebdo: Mystery Surrounding Death of French Policemen

French municipal Police officers watch the French president pays tribute to the police officers.Global Research – by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Officially three police officers were killed  and were honored by president Hollande in a State funeral on January 13. The ceremony was held at the Paris  prefecture de Police. The French president and prime minister Manuel Valls met with members of the families.  A fourth policeman assigned to the Charlie Hebdo investigation “committed suicide.” His death was barely acknowledged, presented as a “fait divers” with no relationship to the Charlie Hebdo police operation.  

 The three police officers were posthumously awarded the Légion d’honneur.

Lieutenant Franck Brinsolaro, 49, was a protection officer assigned by Paris police to ensuring the security of Charlie Hebdo’s  Charb.  With the exception of Brinsolara who was shot on the  the premises of Charlie Hebdo, the official and media reports regarding the deaths of the three other policemen are shrouded in contradictions.

Ahmed Merhabet, 40, according to official statements was shot at point blank by one of the gunmen on the street close to Charlie Hebdo’s office.

Police trainee officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 26, an unarmed traffic police in Montrouge, in south Paris, was “gunned down by a man wearing body armour and using an automatic assault rifle.”

A fourth policeman Commissaire Helric Ferou  who had been officially assigned to the Charlie Hebdo investigation allegedly committed suicide at his office at police headquarters in Limoges on Wednesday evening. He was discovered with a bullet in his head at 1am on Thursday morning. Ferou although involved in the Charlie Hebdo investigation, was not honored by the French government alongside his three colleagues.

Mystery surrounds the death of Ahmed Merhabet and Helric Fredou. The circumstances of the death of Clarissa Jean Philippe remain unclear.

Ahmed Merhabet

According to official reports, Ahmend Merhabet was shot in the head at close range with an automatic weapon in the street of Charlie Hebdo’s office. The official report is refuted by video evidence. The shot fired from an AK47 visibly did not hit his head. If it had, there would have been blood all over the pavement.

An AK-47 bullet fired from close range would … have done something pretty dramatic to that policeman’s head. And if the video is real – and there doesn’t seem much doubt that it is – it clearly shows nothing significant happened to his head either as or after the bullet was fired. (Jonathan Cook, What the Charlie Hebdo Execution video Really Shows, Global Research, January 13, 2014)

Merhabet was killed, but under different circumstances  and possibly in another location.

While the video footage aired on network TV has since been removed, the French authorities as well as the media have stuck to their fake story: Merhabet was shot to the head in the street close to Charlie Hebdo’s office .

Commissaire Helric Fredou: “The Forgotten Policeman” 

He was part of the official investigation. His passing while on the Charlie Hebdo investigation has barely been acknowledged. His death in Limoges, South-West France is shrouded in mystery. He allegedly committed suicide within hours of a police debriefing and the preparation of his police report.

His body was found at 1am on Thursday morning with a bullet in his head. He allegedly committed suicide.

Ferou’s  funeral was held privately in Limoges on the same day (Tuesday) as that of the other three policemen.

The official story is that he was depressed and had suffered from a burnout following a meeting with relatives of one of the victims. There are no details as to to who these relatives are and where they are living.

What the reports fail to mention is that the Kouali brothers had spent their high-school years in the Limoges region and that Commissaire Ferou’s police investigation was in all probability related to gathering information within the region on the Kouali brothers.

”An autopsy was performed at the University Hospital of Limoges, “confirming the suicide” . The French media decided or was instructed not to cover the incident.

He committed suicide in his workplace, in his office at the police station.

Did he commit suicide? Was he incited to commit suicide?

Or was he an “honest Cop” executed on orders of  France’s judicial police?

Has his report been released?

These are issues for France’s journalists to address. It’s called investigative reporting. Or is it outright media censorship? (Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, January 9, 2014)

With regard to Police trainee officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe, the press reports initially stated that she was shot by an unidentified gunman on Thursday. She was later reported to have been shot down, without concrete evidence, by Ahmedi Coulibaly.  Clarissa Jean-Philippe was not in any way connected to the police operation.

Coulibaly was depicted as a Muslim fanatic in a video in which the insignia of the Islamic State is portrayed.

The media reports are full of contradictions focussing on an unknown jogger who was shot at by Coulibaly on Wednesday.

Amedy Coulibaly began his terror rampage a day earlier than previously thought by shooting a jogger and planting a car bomb, … (Daily Mail) .

On Thursday, he was said to have killed traffic policewoman Clarissa Jean Philippe, and on Friday he was allegedly involved in the killing of four hostages Yoav Hattab,  Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada  at a kosher grocery store at Porte de Vincennes. He was allegedly shot dead by policemen “after” he had killed the four Jewish hostages.

While Coulibaly was, according to reports, not directly involved in the shooting at Charlie Hebdo, he was heralded by the media as the spokesperson of the Islamic State (ISIL), which ironically is covertly supported by US-NATO as well as the French Republic.

According to the Daily Mail:

The killer, who was shot dead by police after murdering four hostages in a Jewish shop on Friday, was thought to have struck first when he killed an unarmed policewoman last Thursday.

But now Paris prosecutors think he was responsible for seriously injuring a jogger in a suburb of the capital on January 7, the same day gunmen killed 12 during the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

A ‘martyrdom video’ of the fanatic, apparently filmed midway through the wave of terror attacks, appeared online yesterday. In it he urges Western Muslims to wage war against ‘enemies of Islam’.

Terrorist Amedy Coulibaly recorded a chilling  'suicide' video, in which he is seen seated in front of a flag used by Islamic State jihadists as well as an automatic rifle propped against the wall

 Terrorist Amedy Coulibaly recorded a chilling ‘suicide’ video, in which he is seen seated in front of a flag used by Islamic State jihadists as well as an automatic rifle propped against the wall
In the slickly edited footage, the 32-year-old pledges allegiance to the Islamic State and its self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The footage claims Coulibaly planted a bomb under a car on a Paris street, seemingly referring to an explosion on Wednesday night that authorities had not linked to the terror attacks.

Prosecutors said that tests on shell cases from the jogger shooting linked them to the weapon used at the kosher supermarket two days later.

French security forces also released details of a cache of weapons, including automatic rifles and explosives, found at Coulibaly’s last address, an an apartment in Gentilly, on the outskirts of Paris.


The narrative and video have the appearances of being staged: support of the Islamic State, weapons from the Islamic State, lest we forget the Islamic State is supported and funded by the US, Britain, France and Israel.

It is worth noting that Coulibaly who -according to reports– was shot dead at the kosher grocery store at Vincennes on January 9, had been invited in 2009 to a meeting at the Elysée Palace with former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Coulibaly had a criminal record.  Several years prior to the 2009 meeting with Sarkozy, Coulibaly had been on the radar of French police and intelligence. The stated purpose of his meeting was to discuss employment creation and poverty alleviation.

What was the relationship of this alleged terrorist to a former head of State?  Nobody has bothered in the French media to ask Sarkozy to clarify the nature of his meeting with Coulibaly.

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