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Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images. Almost 25 000 people to pay tribute to the victims of #charliehebdo #jesuischarlie

Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images.
Almost 25 000 people to pay tribute to the victims of #charliehebdo #jesuischarlie

Paris Terror Attacks

 Tens of Thousands March Across France

Tens of thousands took to the streets of towns and cities across France on Saturday in a defiant response to three days of terrorist atrocities that left 17 people dead.

Almost 25,000 attended a march in the southern resort city of Nice, local authorities said, and similar numbers reportedly attended events in Pau and Orleans.

In Paris, mourners left flowers at the scenes of this week’s attacks as they struggled to understand the fear that had gripped the city.

“I don’t know what to think,” said Asseta Toure, 20, who came to see the makeshift memorial site at Place de la Republique. “I am shocked that there can be terrorists here. It’s the first attack I’ve lived through.”

She added: “I think behind these three gunmen are hiding the big guys, the more powerful ones who also have arms … who directed the three first men and could have more. I don’t think it’s finished. It could well be the start of a war.”

A two-mile march in Paris from Crowne Plaza Paris-Republique to Place de la Nation is planned for Sunday, and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Saturday night outlined safety precautions that would be in place during the gathering.

Some 2,000 policemen, including 150 plainclothes officers, and 1,350 army personnel would be present. Roof snipers would also be lining the route, Cazeneuve said. He called the terrorism of the last three days “an attack on human rights.”

Matthieu C., 31, lives just down the street from Charlie Hebdo. “We need to continue to live,” he told NBC News. “But we still need to rally and show that we will resist barbarism and fear… And show that we are together in fighting religious fanaticism.”

He added that he was impressed by the security forces’ response.

“It took three days to find three very isolated guys in a massive region, very densely populated … It gives us confidence in the French police.”

Outside the kosher supermarket in Port de Vincennes were four hostages were killed Friday, police with automatic weapons stood guard as bystanders left flowers.

“It’s no longer like before,” Maria Pinto told Reuters. “You work a whole life through and because of these madmen, you leave your house to go shopping, go to work, and you don’t know if you’ll come home.”

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  • Kevin

    Oh sh*t. It’s the backlash against Muslims the Left is always saying will happen.

    • RightofSingapore

      Yeah, that crowd must just be teeming with neo-Nazi types according the terrrorist appeasing media narrative.

    • [MOD] Removed for swearing. Lift your game people, please.

  • dgrogan

    This would have been a great opportunity for the local Muslim communities to join in with the marchers and show solidarity with the French people, upholding freedom. But did it happen? I’d like to think so, but somehow I doubt it.

  • Hans

    At least he is honest, and he also made the comment once that democracy is a train, once you get to your destination you get off. I feel the train is pulling into the station soon.

  • 1951

    5pm newstalkzb…predicting more than a million to march in Paris streets….the people are standing up.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Nice beach. Are there Muslim sharks in the water?

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Beautiful photo depicting solidarity