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PARIS (Reuters) – World leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms to lead more than a million French citizens through Paris in an unprecedented march to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.Commentators said the last time crowds of this size filled the streets of the capital was at the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944.People march against terrorism in Paris, France, yesterday. (Atentado, Terrorismo, Francia) EFE/EPA/IAN LANGSDONPresident Francois Hollande and leaders from Germany, Italy,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, Turkey, Britain as well as Israel and the Palestinian territories moved off from the central Place de la Republique ahead of a sea of French and other flags.Seventeen people, including journalists and police,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, were killed in three days of violence that began on Wednesday with a shooting attack on the political weekly Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical attacks on Islam and other religions.Giant letters attached to a statue in the square spelt out the word Pourquoi?” (Why?) and small groups sang the “La Marseillaise” national anthem.“Paris is today the capital of the world. Our entire country will rise up and show its best side,” Hollande said.At least 3.7 million people took part in silent marches throughout the country, the biggest public demonstration ever registered in France. A total of 1.2 million to 1.6 million marched in Paris and a further 2.5 million in other cities, the Interior Ministry said.The marches mostly proceeded in a respectful silence,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, reflecting shock over the worst militant Islamist assault on a European city since 57 people were killed in an attack on London’s transport system in 2005.The attackers, two French-born brothers of Algerian origin, singled out the weekly for its publication of cartoons depicting and ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The bloodshed ended on Friday with a hostage-taking at a Jewish deli in which four hostages and the gunman were killed.Some 2,200 police and soldiers patrolled Paris streets to protect marchers from would-be attackers, with police snipers on rooftops and plain-clothes detectives mingling with the crowd.German Chancellor Angela Merkel,NBA Jerseys From China, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi were among 44 foreign leaders marching with Hollande.Merkel walked to Hollande’s left and at his right was President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, a country where France intervened to fight Islamist rebels two years ago to the day.In a rare public display of emotion by the leaders of two powers,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, Hollande embraced Merkel, her eyes shut and forehead resting on his cheek, on the steps of the Elysee before they headed off to march.Renzi said the fight against terrorism will be won by a Europe that is political, not just economic.“The most important is the Europe of values, of culture, of ideals and that is the reason we are here,” Renzi said.Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu – who earlier in the day encouraged French Jews to emigrate to Israel – and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were also present and walked just a few steps from one another.“In the same way that the civilized world stood today with France against terror, so it must stand with Israel against terror,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony in a Paris synagogue.
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