Charlie Hebdo – historic demonstration of solidarity against terror
The French capital became the “world capital for the fight against terrorism”, as President François Hollande put it during the Sunday unity march in honnour of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the 17 victims of the terror attacks that hit France last week. More than 3.7 million demonstrators, including 1.5 million in Paris, took part in an unprecedented solidarity rally in which over 50 heads of State and government – including 8 African heads of state – took part.
After the march, François Hollande consoled the families of the victims and survivors of the Charlie Hebdo attack. Together with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu, the French President also attended a ceremony at the Paris Grand Synagogue to honour the victims.
Tens of thousands of French citizens marched throughout the country (Lille, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Rennes, Nantes, Nice or Bordeaux) to denounce the attack on the Charlie Hebdo, the Montrouge shooting and the Porte de Vincennes hostage taking, which ended on Friday with the intervention of the Special Forces, and to affirm their right to freedom of expression
In Kampala, bouquets of flowers were placed at the entrance of the Embassy and a black veil reminded us that the French nation is mourning.