International leaders and Charlie Hebdo supporters from all over the world have gathered in Paris today to pay tribute to the lives lost in an assortment of Islamist militant attacks over this past week.
President Francois Hollande welcomed leaders from Britain, Italy, Germany and the United States on Sunday at central Place de la Republique, in front of a sea of supporters proudly displaying the French flag. The group stood in unity before eventually beginning a slow march down an agreed-upon route that is being guarded by more than 2,200 police and soldiers.
"Paris is today the capital of the world. Our entire country will rise up and show its best side," said President Hollande in a statement released earlier today.
In total, 17 people were killed over a span of three days this week, beginning with a deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The terror attacks concluded on Friday, when four people were killed at a French Jewish deli.
Ths rally was organized as a way to show that the world is prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder against terror attacks of this nature, and is expected to be the biggest in France’s history.
You can watch the entire unity march in the video below.
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