As it happened: Paris unity march
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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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