‘Unprecedented’ France unity rallies attract at least 3.7 million

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PARIS — The French Interior Ministry says 3.7 million marched throughout France for an unprecedented rally to show unity in the face of terrorism after attacks that killed 17.

The Interior Ministry said that an estimated 2.5 million marched across France in cities and towns Sunday, and between 1.2 and 1.6 million in Paris. But it said a precise account is impossible given the enormity of the turnout in the capital.

Earlier the ministry said it was an unprecedented turnout.

World leaders also joined the march, after attacks on a newspaper office, kosher supermarket and police.

French media estimated earlier Sunday up to 3 million were taking part, more than the numbers who took to Paris streets when the Allies liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II.


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  • ouioiu all the way home

    A whine and say cheese party. OK , agreed, 20 people were killed. Bad stuff. But what does France stand for “we’re immuned from the stupidity of the rest of the ignorant world”?
    Sorry guys you’ll need to defend yourself for once. We’re already knee deep in our own crepe. When the Eiffel Tower goes down give us a ring…and like in 2003 when we asked for your support in Iraq, and you said no…we’ll be on the Louvre.

      • ouioiu all the way home

        After 9-11 almost 3000 Americans died at the hands of terrorists. France was a bystander. Before, during and after. Finally, it’s time to get in the game, frogs.

    • Seriously.

      It was necessary for America to topple those governments as they wouldn’t follow orders given by the white house. Just like the 7 other wars started by the U.S. since 2008.

  • carol

    This is the way the US should be rallying. And this is WHAT we should be rallying about!!!! It don’t have to take a tragedy like 911 to bring patriotism. We don’t rally like we should and celebrate our country. That’s why overseas thinks we are a bunch of morons that could care less about each other. We know that’s not true! So let’s do something about it.

  • Carrie

    They probably got time off of work to go to these rallies (and double wine vouchers from their employers). Ahhhh, the French lifestyle….

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