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Monday, 12 January 2015

Millions Attend Unity Rallies Across France - Photo Speak

An estimated 3.7 million people joined by dozens of world leaders have marched across France in honour of the 17 people killed in attacks in Paris, according to the country's interior ministry.

In Paris, up 1.6 million took part in Sunday's rally, among them family members of the 12 people killed during the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo weekly, a satirical publication that often published cartoons lampooning revered religious figures.

Assailants also targeted a kosher supermarket and police, killing five people.
Each of the families of the Charlie Hebdo staff wore a white bandana on their head with the word "Charlie" written across.

About 2,200 security personnel guarded the route of the march, which ran 3km from the historic Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation in the east of Paris, France's interior minister said, with snipers stationed on rooftops.

The numbers in Sunday's rally were more than those of the marchers who took to Paris streets when the allied forces liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II, the interior ministry said.

Some of the foreign dignitaries attending the event included David Cameron, British prime minister; Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister; German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with Sigmar Gabriel, vice-chancellor and energy minister, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister.

Others dignitaries were Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president, as well as Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania also attended the march.

Netanyahu and Francois Hollande, the French president, visited the Grand Synagogue in Paris.

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