Paris hosts a show of solidarity in condemnation of Charlie Hebdo attack
To express condemnation and show solidarity towards the Charlie Hebdo attack, more than a million people including 40 presidents and prime ministers joined the show in Paris against the extremism of Islamic terrorists.
Many of those also waved the French flag and brandished pens in raised fists to remember the victims of the Wednesday attack. In addition, four others were killed at a Jewish supermarket. During the demonstration thousands of people hoisted the flag while several others had black and signs with the words”Je suis Charlie”.
The show included a lawyer Pascale Trager-Lewis and her husband who also brought their daughters as they wanted them to witness a historic event. They said, “We came because my husband is an authentic French person; I am Jewish. My elder daughter’s godmother is a Muslim, and my closest friend almost became a nun. I came for the Jews who were killed, for the freedom of speech, for religious tolerance.”
President Francois Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas from Palestinian authority were also present in the show in addition to British Prime Minister David Cameron. They all moved along the show slowly with arms clasped to express solidarity with the victims. The crowd roared in approval of their move to express solidarity.