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a show of unity. hundreds of thousands of are expected to take to the streets of france to honor those killed in a series of attacks. security is at the highest level as 50 world leaders are due to attend the event. hello, i an martin dennis, welcome to al jazerra askar al jazerra we are live from doha. former president attempted a coup to remain in power. al qaeda affiliate says it's
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behind suicide bombings in a cafe in the lebanese city of tripoli. nigh people are killed. >> it's cheap and of good quality. the only way we can get the latest fashions straight from europe. >> and how shipments of seconds hand clothes from the u.k. are threatening the local text tile industry in senegal. ♪ ♪ but first the french prime minister has warned that the country is at war with terrorism and radical islam. manuel made the statement in a speech late on saturday. and this comes in the wake of violence last week in which 16 people and three gunmen were killed. well after solidarity al a crossralliesacross france on saturday. security is at the highest level with a national rally planed in paris later on sunday. and 50 world leaders are due to be in the capital to take part
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in this. and european interior ministers are also gathering in paris to talk about security, specifically about coordinator counter terrorism efforts. we have heard five people who were detained as a consequence of the investigation in france have now been released. that's come from the prosecutors' office. and of course our correspondence in paris will bring us more details on that and the rest of developments coming out of france today. but in the meantime, let's look at what some of the families have been saying. because the families have been speaking. and french policeman ahmed, he was one of those killed outside of the charlie hebdo office on wednesday, his brother has been speaking to the president and he asked that muslims not be confused with fanatics. >> translator: ahmed felt passionate about his brother he looked at his mother and siblings since our father died 20 years ago. his responsibilities didn't keep him from being a freak tiff
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brother and loving companion we associate ourselves with the victims. one plus not confuse muslim with his fanatics. >> franz has close to 5 million muslims. it's the biggest muslim community in europe and many of them are nod concerned by possible backlash, zeina khodr reports from paris how some muslims feel alienateed alienateed from wider society. >> reporter: there are districts like this one which are considered predominantly muslim. france has a 5 million strong muslim population, some say they have failed to integrate in to french society. others however blame society for discriminating against them. the divide is not new. but the killings at charlie hebdo magazine has worsened tensions. france is on the edge and so is its muslim community. many people here were too afraid to talk to us about the killings over recent days, those who did expressed concern that in one way or another france's muslims
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will suffer the consequences. the two brothers suspected of being behind the attack were not just muslims but they claim to have carried out the killings in the name of islam. but for many muslims the brothers didn't represent him or his religion. he left to you neesha 18 years ago, his worst fear now is that the place he calls home will no longer accept him. >> the right wing is using the attacks to spread more hatred against muslims. why? we are citizens. we respect the laws. we are now looked upon as monsters. >> reporter: it is a feeling shared by many other muslims who believe the fallout from the attacks will deepen the social, economic and cultural rift that has long existed here. and some worry that tougher measures will be imposed. >> things will change. the laws are going to change. and it won't be to the advantage of arabs and our rights. they won't make it easy for muslim to his stay here. >> reporter: two of at tackers lived in these districts and
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some people here told us that a sense of alienation from friend of society felt by some creates a fertile ground for radicalization. >> many mistakes in french society. a french national whose origin is elsewhere should feel french but they don't. they don't get job opportunities. they are discriminated against. french society should deal with this so people don't feel different. >> reporter: authorities have been calling for unity and tolerance. but following the killings many here feel the rifts will become even wider. zeina khodr, al jazerra paris. now, more reaction from ordinary residents of paris here is our correspondent jacky rowland. >> reporter: this is not an ordinary weekend in paris. in my neighborhood, and all over the city, the violent events of the last few days are uppermost in everyone's minds. i want to find out how the peeling i know, my neighbors and local shop keepers have been
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affected by the attacks in and around the city. my first visit is to my favorite antiques shop. the owner david is jewish. he tells me that one of his relatives was among the people held hostage at the kosher supermarket on friday. the relative escaped unhurt, but david says he's still in shock. >> translator: we hear that there are disadvantaged people. that's the excuse, people who are unemployed and uneducated. they are on the streets and they get indoctrinated. i think the muslims have the responsibility to speak out. us mull limbs need to condemn these acts. >> reporter: just around the corner, is a butcher's shop run by immigrants from north africa. they sell good quality meat at cheap prices. so the shop is popular with people from all communities. i often come here to buy roast chicken, the butcher's shop is run from people originally from
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morocco we are really quite friendly and often chat together in arabic, but today when i asked if they would talk to me. they said we are really sorry madam not in the current circumstances. things are quiet for us right now and we want to keep them that way. the reaction at the butcher's shop reflects an anxiety among many ordinary muslims. people with no connection to the armed men who attacked journalists, police, and a jewish supermarket are afraid of indiscriminate revenge attacks. i have now come to visit a retired bank worker who lives in a neighborhood with a large immigrant community. i got to know her through our mutual interest in cats. she says some any longer feels safe in her own city. >> translator: before going to fight radical islam in mar lee we should fight radical muslim at home. muslim religion is not
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compatible with the republic or our type the society but we are not allowed it say this kind of things in france anymore. >> reporter: the leads ers of france are calling for unity but the events of the past week have exposed cracks under the surface of french society. people seem more aware of their vulnerability. and it will be sometime before the city regains its confidence. jacky rowland, al jazerra paris. all right, we can go live now to paris and get the very latest from there from our correspond end rory challands. and rory, let's first talk about the meeting of interior ministers, who is attending and what are they hoping to come out of the meeting? >> reporter: well, they have been invited by bernard the french interior minister. we are going to have british interior minister, german inning teen your minute minister, the danish
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one, italian one spanish from all over europe. and the united states as well, eric holder has arrived in paris to attend this meeting too. they have come eventually because they have been invite today this emergency meeting by bernard. and they are going to be dealing with two main issues. the first one is essentially to show solidarity. to show support for the efforts against the kind of violence the ideological violence that france has experience in the last week. and also secondly, to try and come up with some kind of coordinated effort. coordinated response. we are also hearing that until february when the european council next meets in brussels, they are going to be talking about exactly this same issue. >> and further more, of course, security is going to be seriously dealt with, isn't it? later on today.
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well probably from now because of the number of people, here is volume of pima driving in paris not to mention the v.i.p.s, we are talk about around about 50 world leaders. >> reporter: yeah. and as we heard in jackie's report then, there is a huge amount of soul searching going on in france at the moment. the event today is really a chance for many french people to come out and to show their unity, really to chicago and uphold the values that the french people consider to be integral to the state values of fraternity and liberty. now, how many people are actually going to show up, we'll have to wait and see but some people think it might be as many as a million certainly hundreds of thousands it's a huge undertaking for the french security services to try and keep this event safe. we think that about 10,000
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police and military are going to be on the streets in the greater paris area to make sure this goes without a hitch. as you say, there are also some 50 world leaders who are going to be here attends that go rail, showing their support took it's going to be a massive headache in what has been a very, very difficult cream for the french security services. >> all right rory, for now thank you very much indeed. rory challands there giving us the very latest and just to reit's tate the fact that we have heard from the prosecutor's office the french prosecutor's office that five people who have been detain odd suspicion of being connected with the violent incidents that we have seen in france that these five have now been released. and a german newspaper that reprinted cartoons of the poff propro fet mohamed. that this was the target of an arson attack on sunday. the incidents took plate in
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hamberg. a rock and burning objects were thrown through the window. right, to sri lanka now. there was an attempted coup when he lost the election. economy seeded defeat on he conceded defeat on friday. an investigation is now being launched. the new cabinet is also set to be announced later on sunday. let's go live to charles strait ford our correspondent who is there in the capital. and charles tell us more about the former president going to the army for support. >> reporter: we'll tell what you we know. in the early hours of the morning on the ninth of december
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just as those votes were being counted out it seems as if he saw how poorly he was doing and called a representative of the attorney general to come up with some sort of legal means by which he could retain his office. after lengthy discussions, it was found that there were no legal means and so we hear the military refuse today play ball. and it was then that he called this meeting with the now president and conceded defeat in that election. it's worth noting, putting this in context that of course he called this election two years early because of what he perceived as being dwindling support in bye bi-elections but it's the length he went to take in order to remain president. >> so the new president has
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quite a lot on his plate doesn't he? and today else also got to come up with a number of figures that will lead his new government. and what are we looking out for in particular? >> reporter: yes that's right. the new president left here in the early hours of the morning to travel north it's a typical significance this city, it's an ancient capital of the show lan can kingdom, there is a palace there a beauty of the temple that's believed to hold a religious relic the tooth of the buddha. he's expected to be speaking there and and addressing the nation he didn't address the nation during his inauguration, this is the first time that the public will hear him. he's expected to give thanks for his supporters and possibly outline more details about his 100 day plan.
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that and he his coalition have come up w he's expected to return and come up with a cabinet. some cabinet members, we are not sure if all members will be announced today but it will form the basis of an interim government that will help push through that 100-day plan that he basically offered sri lanka and seemingly got him the election victory that he did. >> okay, thank you. charles stratford our correspondent live from sri lanka. we have a lot more to come here at al jazerra including riding the slopes of a bumpy economy. we'll explain how russia's ski resorts have found a silver lining in the recession.
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♪ ♪ all right let's have a look at the top stories here at al jazerra. european interior ministers are meeting to talk about coordinating counter terrorism efforts. france's interior minister has said security will be stepped up across the country in the weeks ahead. after solidarity rallies across the country on saturday, security is at the highest level in france with a national iron at this rally planned in the capital later on sunday. the demonstrations come in the wake in attacks in which 16 people and three gunmen were killed. sri lanka's new government is ladies and gentlemenning that
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the former president attempted a coup when it was clear that he had lost the presidential elections. let's talk more about the main story of the day, of course the events in france today remi an assistant professor at qatar university in doha. and joins us live now. what are your thoughts today as paris braces itself for what must be one of the biggest shows of public support or public sentiment on any particular issue in recent times? >> this will definitely be of historical proportion, even yesterday 700,000 people all across france just went out in a spontaneous show of sol solidarity for freedom of french speech. today will be the largest demonstration we have seen throughout years and maybe throughout history. >> what will people be come out to signify? what do you think is the emotion driving people out on to the streets in to this mali rally? >> the emotion is -- the emotion
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is the specific path of demonstration will go from the plaza to plaza so from the republic our values to the nation going through specific boulevard. now, vol stair this 18th century philosopher standing specifically for freedom of speech and his motto was i might absolutely disagree with what you are saying, but i will fight until death for your right to say it. the majority of the population was very at ease with charlie hebdo publication personally i didn't like what they were doing, but we still believe even if you don't like it, you have the right to say it. that's going to be basically emotion saying we are not frayed and will stands up. >> interesting the figures joining with the president hollowhollande.
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president mahmoud abbas of the palestinians will be there a whole host of people joining in with this national show of unity is how it's being billed. >> yes a national show of unity, it's interesting the that president mahmoud abbas and benjamin yet an yahoo after netanyahu will be there. and the european leaders trying to display these values that people have moved way from, maybe staying at home it's time to vote, maybe staying at home when it was time to show the idea of freedom quality brotherhood is sensual. >> you have kind of inferred, you ever kind of alluded to the political apathy, if you like that is swing a lot of western europe. without wanting to be too cynical, this is something that then could positively rebound for the like says of ho hollande
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bombing in the opinion polls and other leaders suffering note just because austerity measures but they are low in the polls and this could rebound positively for them. >> yes it's a possible silver lining but there are large threats also. first of all very sad events that happened this week, in addition to that, potentially try to -- from extremist parties to take over and to control the news and control the agenda and build on mo men town this. and hopefully we'll also see on the other side, the show of support in the long run upset the political gains. >> okay, thank you very much indeed. now, double suicide bomb attack at a cafe in northern lebanon has killed nine people. al-nusra front, which is a group linked to al qaeda arc has claimed responsibilities. victoria reports.
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>> reporter: this cafe was full of customers when the bombers struck now it's surrounded by the army and the streets leading to it are cordoned off. >> translator: the first explosion happened inside the cafe. people gathered to check what was happening then the second explores occurred just out the side the cafe's entrance 67 the blast happened in the predominantly alawite neighborhood. syrian president bashar al-assad is annal wide and support for him in this area of tripoli has led to violence in the city before. >> translator: there were two soup side bombers, we were sitting inside the cafe, we just saw something exploding the second bomber waited for the people to gather outside then he blew himself up in the crowd. >> reporter: the al qaeda-linked al-nusra front has claimed responsibility for this attack. the deteriorating security situation isn't the only concern, the divide between sewn
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and i shia threaten the country's stability. most shia back the syrian president and hezbollah's effort to his keep him in power. lebanon as seen a series of attacks and suicide bombings since the war in syria began nearly four years ago. but saturday's attack was one of the deadliest to hit the country in the past year. victoria, al jazerra. al jazerra is continuing to demand the release of our three journalists who have now been in prison in egypt for more than a year. party greste, mohammed and ba or were wrongly accused of broadcasting false news and of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood charges they denied. an appeals court in cairo has ordered a retrial that could begin within a month. falling oil prices western sanctions and a weak ruble are pushing russia's economy closer to recession many russians therefore can't afford to go a broad this winter and so they are having to choose holdidays closer to home.
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but as peter sharp reports from sochi, the far away slopes are not always whiter. >> reporter: for the first 11 days of january russia virtually closes down. as millions leave for their traditional annual new year holdiday. many ending up somewhere like this. in the mountains above sochi home of last year's winter olympics, the slopes were packed. any other year, many of these russian skiers passionate about their sport would be found waiting for the lifts at popular european ski records like france or switzerland. but sanctions and the fall in the value of the ruble has changed all of that. there has been a 30% drop in the number of russians booking winter holdidays at european skiing destinations. >> translator: we were curious to see post olympic sochi to see if this place is worth it. and of course when europe became so expensive and became unaffordable to go a broad. the place is at the european level but appeared to be rather
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pricey. >> reporter: and the premier russian resort is cashing in. denied the expensive delight of the european slopes, frustrated skiers here discovered to their horror that prices to ski at sochi had suddenly doubled in the last two months. >> translator: they built a lot and everything is beautiful but you can still find here what we call the soviet kind of service. >> reporter: sochi's 50 billion, that's right, $50 billion olympic makeover has left it perfectly placed to fill the gap. he runs one of the resorts he says it's not just about sanctions. >> translator: i think if we didn't create resorts with good service, dollar price wouldn't help. and the weak ruble won't save us. people would come here once, see it and never come back. >> reporter: and it has all the brand-new hotels and infrastructure to place it at the vanguard of the very russian
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initiative to boost its tourist potential of a sanctions and the economy my closed european destination to his people here. putin himself has told his ministers it's their patriotic duty to ski within russia. and who could argue with that? and it's not just building up the tourist market, in the face of western sanctions many other industries medical technology companies, airline services, food suppliers all are looking inward to begin to develop to supply the products once delivered by the west. and it's this development of russia's home market that could be seen as a silver lining in the sanctions cloud. peter sharp, al jazerra in sochi. now, over the christmas period charities in africa received many donations of secondhand clothing and as nicholas now reports from the senegalese capital the availability of all of this cheap secondhand clothing is devastating the local text tile industry. >> reporter: just arrived another shipment of donations
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from the united kingdom. secondhand sweaters, t-shirts and trousers to be unpacked and sorted. on a few rare owe occasions a dress aattacks attention a dress she would never dream of owning now packed up again. >> i loved the dress but i would have to buy it to get it. >> reporter: clothes donated are not handed out to people, but sold to ho hole wholesalers purchased by the kilo, spending 30 to thousands of dollars. >> this is making people work getting involved in to a revenue-generating activity and the clothes itself, still end up in the hands of the neediest. >> reporter: charities are feeling a billion dollars secondhand clothing industry in africa. it's booming in senegal. >> it's cheap and of good
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quality think the only way we can get the latest fashions straight from europe. >> reporter: but almost all of it is made in china. people in dropped countries are going through clothes faster than ever. one last year alone the french threw away 11-kilos of clothes per person. the british 13-kilos. and the americans 30-kilos of clothes per person. most of it end up in land fills. objectionoxfam says people choose to donate less, still some economists believe used clothes from well-intentioned donors are drowning the local market. >> translator: this is killing senegal's text tile industry. we have farm that's grow cotton, we have garments factories, we have the know how but we can't compete with secondhand clothes sold at such low prices. >> reporter: the government has announced subsidies for the local industry. but a tin dollar dress in the secondhand clothes market is a
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bargain, many find hard to resist. nicholas, al jazerra dakar. now, on the website you can keep up-to-date with all of the developments taking place in france today. >> people are on the move. the largest number of refugees since the end of world war ii. this is "inside story." hello, i'm ray suarez. around the world people who have concluded that staying where they are is just too dangerous hit the road, leaving their homes, crossing international