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As it happened: Paris unity march

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-01-11

In show of solidarity described as “unprecedented” by officials, 1.5 million people marched in the streets of Paris Sunday following a series of terror attacks that have shocked France and the world. Follow events as they unfolded on our liveblog.

  • Massive crowds gathered in Paris for a unity march following this week’s three-day spree of violence, which killed 17 people.
  • More than 50 world leaders and top envoys joined French President François Hollande at the demonstration through central Paris.
  • The French Interior Ministry says an “unprecedented” number of people have marched but that an official count is “impossible”.
  • AFP estimates more than 2.5 million people rallied against terrorism across France on Sunday.
  • There have also been huge demonstrations in other French cities and towns, as well as European capitals such as London, Berlin and Vienna.
  • Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met with European security ministers as well as US Attorney General Eric Holder earlier Sunday.
  • The demonstrations come two days after French security officials ended a siege in Dammartin-en-Goële, a town northeast of Paris, and a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes, in eastern Paris.
  • A video posted online Sunday shows a man who appears to be the third Paris gunman, Amédy Coulibaly, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.
  • The Charlie Hebdo attackers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi claimed that al Qaeda’s Yemen branch sponsored and financed the attack.

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Live Blog FRANCE 24's liveblog on mass unity march in Paris

Date created : 2015-01-11

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