L-R: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union President Donald Tusk, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and other guests
More than one million people gathered in Paris today to stage a defiant march alongside world leaders in a moving tribute to the 17 people killed by religious fanatics last week. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande were among the global leaders and dignitaries leading the march which saw more people take to the streets of Paris then when the city was liberated following the Second World War. The politicians stood arm in arm to lead the march, which was preceded by a declaration from Mr Hollande that ‘today, Paris is the capital of the world’.
Giant letters attached to a statue in the Place de la République spelt out the word ‘Pourquoi?’ (‘Why?’) and small groups sang the national anthem. As many as 1.5million people flooded Paris for the march today, while 600,000 rallied in towns and cities around France outside of the capital. Other noted world leaders in the city included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Italian PM Matteo Renzi.