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Feature: High profiles in mass march denoucing terrorism
January 12,2015   By:Xinhua

PARIS, Jan. 12, 2015 -- It's the first ever for France! An unprecedented flood of people, headed by leaders from Europe and other countries, streamed in Paris on Sunday to protest indignatly against terrorism and racism after shootings claimed by gunmen killing 17 victims in the French capital.

"I'm Charlie", "We are not afraid", wrote protestors on banners, waving flags of France and many other countries, who took the capital's streets in an unprecedented tribute to the shootings' victims.

According to one of the organisers, about 1.5 million people participated in Sunday's march in Paris.

With white bandanas on their heads spelt out the names of those killed in the three-day violence, the families of the victims led the huge rally headed off form the Square of the Republique. They were followed by French President Francois Hollande and world leaders.

"This afternoon, Paris will be the world's capital of the resistance against terrorism and of the defense of freedom. It will be really a world march for freedom," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the press.

"There are representatives from all over the world because the cause (of the march) is global," he added.

Among those who attended the march are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Matteo Renzi of Italy, Mariano Rajoy of Spain, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas were also in the list of participants.

Arab League representatives and some Muslim Arab and African leaders as well as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also attended the march.

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