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Eiffel Tower dims, 3.7mil people march across France as world leaders join arm in arm in Paris for moving tribute to 17 slain


By WcP.Observer - Posted on 12 January 2015

as thousands gathered to mourn the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, lights on the Eiffel Tower went dark in an emotional tribute

world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 victims

~3.7million people marched across France, the majority gathering in Paris to pay tribute to those killed in a swathe of attacks

demonstrators wave pencils and flags at Place de la Nation and sign spelling out the word Solidarity

record crowds seen in Paris as an estimated two million people took to the streets in protest against the massacres

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DailyMail: 3.7 million people march across France as world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 victims
* An estimated 3.7million gathered in shows of solidarity across France today in tribute to those killed
* Unprecedented crowds were seen in Paris where millions walked the capital's streets chanting 'Je suis Charlie'
* World leaders linked arms to lead the proceedings
* President Francois Hollande began the march, poignantly telling crowds: 'Today, Paris is the capital of the world'
* Elsewhere crowds gathered in major world cities, with famous monuments illuminated in the Tricolor
More than three million people gathered across France in a moving tribute to the 17 people killed in attacks across the country last week. Standing in a front-row of world leaders near Place de la Republique shortly before 3pm, President Holland told crowds: 'Today, Paris is the capital of the world.'

Dozens of heads of state and government join march - list of world political figures who confirmed their attendance:

EUROPE
French President Francois Hollande
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
European Parliament President Martin Schulz
European Union President Donald Tusk
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico
Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boïko Borissov
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga
Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibachvili
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

NORTH AMERICA
US Attorney General Eric Holder
Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney

MIDDLE EAST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Jordanian King Abdullah II and Queen Rania
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan
Qatari Sheikh Mohamed Ben Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani
Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled ben Ahmed Al Khalifa and Prince Abdullah Ben Hamad al-Khalifa

AFRICA
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
Gabonese President Ali Bongo
Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou
Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi
Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra

Paying tribute around the world: how other world cities reacted today to the atrocities in paris -

BERLIN, GERMANY: Around 18,000 people gathered in front of the French embassy next to the Brandenburg Gate. Many brought flowers or pencils and help up signs saying 'Je suis Charlie' or 'Je suis Juif' (I am a Jew). Some protesters also held up cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and played French chansons, speaking a mixture of German, English, French, Russian and other languages.

ROME, ITALY: Thousands of people participated in a silent demonstration in front of the French Embassy, holding aloft pencils, candles and placards. A small demonstration was also held in Venice's Campo Manin, drawing many young people.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Some 20,000 people marched silently through the centre of the European Union city, despite a bomb threat which forced the evacuation of the offices of the offices of the Brussels newspaper Le Soir. Another 3,000 marched in the western city of Ghent.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Around 12.000 people joined Austrian leaders to pay homage to the victims, beginning beside the French Embassy and moving to the square next to the palace of the country's President, who also attended. The Vienna State Opera Choir sang works by Mozart and Verdi.

MADRID, SPAIN: Those gathering included several hundred Muslims, who carried banners saying 'Not in our name'. They assembled next to the train station where in March 2004 bombs on rush-hour trains killed 191.

MONTREAL, CANADA: Thousands of people, repeatedly chanting 'Charlie', marched.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA
ISTANBUL, TURKEY
BEIRUT, LEBANON
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
GAZA CITY
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
TOKYO, JAPAN
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

A 23-year-old first-time demonstrator held a sign: “Vive la liberte; Vive la France; Vive Charlie”
And the square was indeed jammed with people, who spelt out, in a giant illuminated sign written in English: “We are not afraid". "I never go to demonstrations,” said Alexis, a 23-year-old student. “But this time, I didn’t hesitate.” In his hands he held a sign: “Vive la liberte; Vive la France; Vive Charlie,” it read.

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