Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo (Agence France-Presse)
The two brothers who killed 12 people at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo had no links with Algeria, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said Sunday.
"They were never interested in obtaining Algerian papers, even if their father had at one time," Lamamra, told French radio station RFI.
Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif, 32 were shot dead on Friday by police after a tense stand-off which ended when they charged out of the building they were holed up in, guns blazing.
"It is important not to identify these French citizens by their origins," stressed Lamamra, who was in Paris Sunday to attend a mass rally against extremism.