Thousands Converge In Paris Sunday To Honor Victims

Tens of thousands of people, including more than 40 world leaders, streamed into the heart of Paris on Sunday for a rally of national unity to honor the 17 victims of three days of terror.

“Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” said French President Francois Hollande . “Our entire country will rise up toward something better.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were among the leaders attending, as were top representatives of Russia and Ukraine. Rallies are also planned in London, Madrid and New York as well as Cairo, Sydney, Stockholm, Tokyo and elsewhere.

“We are all Charlie, we are all police, we are all Jews of France,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Saturday, referring to the victims of the attacks that included employees at Charlie Hebdo, shoppers at a kosher grocery and three police officers.

“The terrorists want two things: they want to scare us and they want to divide us. We must do the opposite. We must stand up and we must stay united,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French TV channel iTele on Sunday.

Source: Associated Press

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