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Rallies worldwide call for action at Paris climate summit

Miguel Medina, AFP | “Paris on the move” reads this banner on Place de la République in Paris, where activists have replaced a banned rally with a huge display of shoes on November 29, 2015

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of cities around the world on Sunday, demanding bold measures to stave off catastrophic climate change as representatives of 195 countries gather in Paris for the start of a critical summit.

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Protests have been banned in the French capital as part of emergency rules passed in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks that left 130 dead and hundreds more injured.

Instead of marching, campaigners formed a 2-kilometre human chain and covered the symbolic Place de la République with thousands of shoes – including a pair of trainers left by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Elsewhere, large crowds rallied to put pressure on world leaders as they begin a 12-day diplomatic marathon aimed at producing a comprehensive deal that can curb global warming.

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