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arm and arm, the french president and more than 40 world leaders head a massive march through paris honoring those killed during three days of attacks. >> it's very important that we stand united against those that seek to divide us. >> and from the multitude of faith, cultures and nationalities, a single message of support of freedom of expression. ♪ hello there, i am barbara s saraa. you are watching live with extended coverage of the solidarity marches from paris and elsewhere in france along with solidarity events in towns
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and cities right around the world. just made a public show of support for france's jewish community. 1.5 million people have marched through paris for a unity rally which officials are describing as the largest demonstration in french history among them were francois hollande who linked arms with dozens of world leaders. it's the culmination of the response to a series of violence and shocking events. the first was on wednesday when brothers kouachi shot and killed 12 people at the satirical magazine "charlie hebdo." on thursday another attacker gunned down a police woman just south of the capitol.
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that will gunman then shot and killed .4 people at a kosher supermarket in eastern on friday. on the same day, all three stackers were killed during shootouts with police. we have full coverage well rory challands standing by where the marches began. and dega is at paris's grand synagogue where francois hollande is meeting benjamin netanyahu to bring us up to date with the latest going on at the grand synagogue behind you. >> reporter: in the grand synagogue synagogue, we have the french leader. we also have the israeli leader netanyahu, the french prime minister and the former president of france nicholas sarkozy and what's going on inside is really designed to dim symbolize the show of unity that the israeli leaders expressed with the jewish community and
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that the french leader has talked about. on friday the supermarket hit at the heart of the jewish community who felt under attack who felt there has been rising anti-semitism in france and the french leader wanted to come out here this evening and show solidarity with french jews living in this country. also theisitsi leader had prior to the gathering that's going on now spoke about the need for the jewish community with other communities within the country. he wanted to show solidarity. he talked about welcoming any french jews who wanted to move to israel welcoming them with open arms. we are expecting the french
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leader and theisitsi prime minister to address those inside to talk about those important issues of unity and sticking together despite the terrible violence that we saw last week . >> so yvonne the french president now with benjamin netanyahu, but we have seen leaders from around the world dissends on paris. i think they called paris the capitol of the world. 40 world leaders arm in arm marching through paris. >> that's right. we did see many leaders out today in that show of solidarity. it was incredibly important for the community here between, those who have been affected to see leaders coming together and i guess, in one since kind of recognize that this is not problem limited to france. there is a feeling that the issue of islamic extremism is an
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issue that affects the entire european union and what we saw today was senior dignitaries from across the european continent coming together and to other parts of the world, of course to show defiance if you like. i mean outside of the gatherings that we saw that the large rally that we saw, there was also, it's worth mentioning a meeting of interior minteristers who met earlier in the day in paris with the french interior minister to discuss the issues of border patrol and how to secure borders and make sure that the threat of extremism is reduced by ensuring that the borders are safely patrolled. there is a feeling here that the way in which what we saw last week, the violence we saw last week has to be tackled with countries coming together. we learned earlier today.
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we learned in the courts of the day eu ministers will meet on around the 12th of february to discuss this whole issue and what has happened in france is really touched not just the european union countries but countries around the world the so it has been an incredibly potent and powerful day. we are seeing almost a culmination with those leaders gathered today here now at the synagogue synagogue. as i say, waiting to see what the french leader hollande and theisitsi prime minister will have to say to those who have gathered here today. >> we will cross live to you when we hear from those leaders. live to rory chal and where the march began. really historic day for france 1.5 million people marching through the streets of paris. >> reporter: yeah. they are expecting maybe a million and as you say, the numbers that we think did turn out far in excess of that and
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very quiet there down there in the place de la republic. a few hundred people around the statue. i can see candles being left in memorial mem morium to the people who died this week. very different just a few hours ago, though. this place here was absolutely crammed full of people and noise, en after the march was supposed to have started. it doesn't look like people were moving but they were. it was just that as people left the square to head on down to the place de la nation there were thousands more coming in from the side streets arrange. it's a truly extraordinary day that comes at the end of what has been an extraordinary and traumatic week for france. >> arm in arm, shuffling, maybe a little uneasily but an historic moment numone the let's,
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presidents prime ministers, chancellors, kins and secretary generals nearly 50 world leaders on the streets of paris showing their solidarity through the french people. hundreds of thousands gathered in place de la republic before starting the march towardplace de la nation. some say it could be the biggest march in paris in 70 years? >> i think it's very important to show our support and the people who died during those attacks and to show that we all encourage freedom of speech. >> i must say i was not particular long-range let's say, in favor of the kind of cartoons that were portrayed by these journalists, but they did have the right to do that. i think we all have to stand up for that. >> as well as solidarity there is also the uneasy generated by a week of unexpected blood shed.
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politicians will have to strike a right balance between upholding the freedoms western democracies hold dear and taking decided steps. let's not be afraid to be jewish. >> european interior ministers and the u.s. attorney general also met in paris for an emergency meeting on sunday. their aim: to improve security cooperation. >> we need to change the agreement code to allow better information for the system as people cross borders and benefit from free movement within the eu. >> also discussed were alterations to information sharing within boarder's control. protecting the population from
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the ideological violence has been a key concern from the government for decades. these attacks reminded european and u.s. leaders that this is an international problem and one that they have to tackle together. >> from terrible acts of violence has come a unity through grief and shock, not just from the french but, also from the rest of the world. this is unprecedented gathering from religious leaders, heads of state with one hope in mind a united end to
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violence. >> it's been a very difficult week. they were essentially saying you can't guarantee 100% security for your country. the only way you could do is by cracking down on all freedoms. so there has to be at least a minimum risk and what security forces have to do is keep that risk within to rabble levels and allow free countries to carry on being as free as they want to be so what we heard from these interior ministers today and these government figures was certainly things that they are hoping they can do to make their population safer but it's an
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issue that we will not go -- that will not go away for as long as countries like france like the united states like the u.k. wherever they may be in the world want to be free and want to be safe at the same time barbara. >> reporter: right. rory challands, thank you. let's go to tim friend who at the place de la rep.ublique. so many people from differently nationalities, ethnicities and holding the je suis charlie sign. i know you spoke to some of them. what was the general feeling like during the march? >> reporter: it has been extraordinary, barbara. one level, this was all about world leaders, important talks about how they are going to tackle this issue. it was a purely e motional response and that's what i have been gathering today.
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the he will quence of the people has been frankly amazing. some of them speaking in not their native thing. they have never made feelings known. some are been older. some have been younger, families. let's talk to one such family now the star of this show is milan. it's clearly al budding cartoonist? >> yes. we are here today because we want him to witness that day, you know. >> solidarity? >> yes. >> let's talk about his cartoon. he signed it. milan is his name? >> yes. >> a very graphic picture of someone shooting. michon it means bad? >> yes. >> let's put it down for a moment. obviously very proud of that. he said let's remember it was about cartoons that sparked all
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of this. what's been your impression of the day? do you think it was very important to be here? >> yes. we came here. we came here today because we want our son to witness that day. we want to be here because we don't want to abands on the idea of the freedom speech. that's why we are here today. >> okay. >> and the testimony of all of the last two days. we are here for that. >> reporter: okay. >> we want to be ready. >> reporter: under to be seen with everything else? >> yes. >> reporter: thank you, thank you, milan, mercy meissuer you can hear lots of other people trying to get their opinions in. >> charlie! charlie! >> some morel quent but we had extraordinary interviews with rabbis standing next to -- >> charlie! >> reporter: they have been talking about their differences. i think today is very much about
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unity. >> tim, obviously securities at the forefront of everyone's mind in light of what happened over the past few days. was there a sense of fear? is there a sense of fear now that they are not for sure what tomorrow might bring? i tell you what happened today from my perspective was that the fear and anxiety and trepidation of the last few days dissipated. it flowed away as the afternoon went on. and from this since of solidarity action i think it was almost a ton of ueuphoria emerge because people realize we are together on this. if we stick together you can defeat it. so that was one extraordinary thing. the other extraordinary thing from the day, alongside the interviews was when the police arrived here in the sxar, they were applauded by the demonstrators. now, anyone who has been to a demonstration in france knows the police are really applauded.
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normally, they are having things thrown at them. i think it's a mark of people's reactions to these events that the case today was people stood and clapped as the police deployed to keep them safe. >> of course policemen were killed outside the headquarters of "charlie hebdo." one of them along with hashtag jesuis charlie. there were a lot of other slogans for this march. there were many other slogans and people like knowledge -- acknowledge they have differences. they have been meeting people they have never met before as they have gone on the march. they have been having these incident conversations. some have occurred in fronts ourcam here where people have come up and introduced each other. suddenly they arinae en engaged in
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a conversation about what they think might be the way forward. of course there has been some dissentence as well. it will be unrealistic to imagine that the solidarity was complete. about following a march where benjamin netanyahu was president at the head of that march, thoroughfare -- for obvious reasons. at least for today, people have suspended their animosity and realized solidarity is the key thing to show but of course amid all of this euphoria you have had the meeting of the interior ministers and you know one result of all of this may be a further clamping down on freedom of the internet of movement. so this day is coming to a close because there have been shouting freedom, liberty, freedom of expression at the same time the
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politicians are dealing with the policy tick real. what they come up with may not enhance freedom. >> love to see what happens over the next coming weeks and months. for the moment tim friend in paris. thank you. as we have been saying many high-profile leaders put aside differences to attend the marches in paris. phil lavelle examines them in more detail. >> the sense of defor instance against the attacks in paris is obvious and some interesting faces, all in all, around 40 countries represented. not just from europe but as far away as the united states mali and. nijer. false nigh year i can't, algeria. it was part of france until 1962. so a huge number of french muslims have links to the north african nation. the now dead kouachi brothers
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themen behind the "charlie hebdo" shootings were born to algerian presidents the fourth suspect has algerian family. the minister's presence here aimed to show solidarity. the u.k. linked to paris by trade a european ally prime primary david cameron up for re-election soon there to give his support. like france the u.k. has been struggling that the issue of so-called home grown fighters who have trained abroad. there is israel represented in force with three key faces. the foreign minister the economy minister and the prime primary, benjamin netanyahu. palestinian president mahmoud abbas also there. once had the largest. ♪net has publiinvited jews living in europe to move to israel. his presence to support the jewish community, shocked by that attack on a kosher supermarket supermarket. >> that's where the hostage taker was shot dead.
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russia'sphon minister sergei lavrov in paris too, russia is out in the cold so to speak due to the situation in ukraine. for example, it wasn't invited to the recent g7 meeting. nevertheless remember russia has its own internal problems attacks in chech chech and -- chechnya and pakistan and putin is often criticized for silence critics in the russian media. turkey prime minister danatably was cliented here there are some reports europe's most wanted could have traveled to istanbul first and on to syria. ironically,tie has been accused of camping down on free speech in recent years. the message here, the people of france are supported
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internationally. the u.s. representative has used the visit for what's being called a high-level global anti-terrorism meeting washington next month. these are countries at every level to combat a mutual concern, a mutual fear. >> phil lavelle reporting there. as he was saying a lot of leaders came to paris. many have been gathering in solidarity for these killed in paris. in london tower bridge was lit up in colors of the french national flag. people gathered in trafalgar square to pay trib beauty and held up pens and pencils as a sign of unity. >> the spanish community condemned attacks with a demonstrate in madrid. many people holding signs expressing their disagreement with radicalism.
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18,000 people gathered in front of the french embassy carrying pencils and signs saying "i am charlie." in moscow people participated in a silent march in gorky park to express sport. some gathered outside the french embassy where they lit candles and made flowers in honor of the victims in france. around europe around 200 protesters gathered in the lebanese capitol carrying signs, "we are not afraid and je sui akmed t referring to the name of the muslim policemen who was killed in the "charlie hebdo" attack. >> more coverage on the day of solidarity with france. plus we will have the latest on the new video which has emerged of the man suspecting being behind the kosher supermarket siege. ♪ ♪
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♪ now the top stories here on al jazeera. an estimated 1.5 million people have marched through paris for a unity rally which officials are describing as the largest demonstration in french history. all it follows three days of attacks in the capitol which killed seventeen people. france swa hollande and more than 40 world leaders attended the march. demonstrations have also taken place in cities across the world including berlin london madrid jerusalem, gaza and
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beirut. meanwhile meanwhile, a video of the man allegedly attacking the kosher supermarket. he recorded a statement before the attack pledging allegiance to isil and its leader al-baghdadi. it appears to have been filmed over several days. the video, he says the attacks in paris were justified by french military interventions overseas. killed on friday when the police raided a supermarket where he had been holding multiple hostages. four hostages were killed in the raid. turn joining us in the studio a senior lec temperature at kings college london. thaufrl for joining us. we have been following theents unfold in paris. what did you make of today's events? was it a show of global unity? >> i think it was the intention. there was a broad expect trum of world leaders at the rally and taking part to show this kind of
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unity these people will talk shop afterwards in how to respond in terms of adjusting security policies. there were of course people present from countries that may have raised some eyebrows in the sense that they represent countries where freedom of the press is precarious. >> let's name and shame, prime minister of turkey and they i am prison more journalists than any other country in the world. the foreign minister of russia. russia, also not exactly a champion of freedom of expression. don't you think perhaps the message, itself, was diluted that everyone was rallying behind this je suis charlie hashtag and words but meant different things to different people obviously if they went in? >> i think the presence of a lot of these leaders can be explained by that they did not want to be left out from an important gathering like this. forced into making an appearance appearance.
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i think it is definitely that they are present because it is recognized regardsless of the situation of freedom expression in their own countries is that they are indispensable in clamping down on extreme aprosties where the message clearly is that the buck stops here this can not be tolerated regardless whether one agrees with "charlie hebdo" or how freedom of expression is interpreted, killing innocent people is definitely a line that was crossed, and that cannot be tolerated. >> do you think of all of the people that were there and obviously 1.5 million, i mean obviously there were different narratives. have you noticed different narratives in the way that the story has been told and received over the past few days? >> yes. i think so. the sort of battle cry was je je suis charlie but people have made clear they were not charlie, leaving aside the fact they will
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they would tolerate people who made this type of satire deserved to die but they clearly pointed out the kind of satire that was published in "charlie hebdo" is not something that would describe to and the general message today is that even if one disagrees over matters of taste or the to rabble in regards to the use of satire that killing people for that reason is did he believe not acceptable. >> a lot of people haven't rallied behind de suis charlie but the counter argument is that leads you down the road of saying if you published something, you are sort of asking for it. from about what saw at the demonstration, that question was answered wholeheartedly? >> yeah. i think that was a whole hearted no that that is never a grounds for people to be victim of these atrocities. it does not give you a license to kill when you feel insulted. >> there is a spotlight on the muslim community around europe as a lot of europeans worry
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about this possibly happening on their doorstep. we can see a lot of muslim leaders from muslim countries, a secular country? >> yes. >> muslim xhajtmajority do you think that septa clear mention? >> i think that is because islam is put in the spotlight. it is very important to clarify that when it comes to the freedom of expression it is not that we do not isolate islam or muslims as people having issues with that. religions historically have had trouble with freedom of expression in particularly when it comes to criticizing the believes held by the addherence of they were traditions but it has been demonstrated religions can learn. it is an additional challenge when you look at a medium light satire and in particular the sat ivy of charlie ebdo is french. it has evolved since