Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of France on Saturday to honor the 17 people killed in this week’s terror attacks.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that around 700,000 people joined rallies in cities around France in solidarity with the victims, Agence France Presse reported. Hundreds of thousands more people are expected to a join a unity rally in the French capital on Sunday, including the French president and several European heads of state.
France has been shaken by three days of terror, which began on Wednesday when brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi massacred 12 people at the Paris office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
On Friday, the brothers took one person hostage northern town of Dammartin-en-Goele. Meanwhile in Paris, a friend of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Choulibaly, took 19 people hostage in a kosher supermarket, a day after he killed a policewoman south of Paris. After a tense standoff, police launched near simultaneous raids at dusk on Friday, leaving the three attackers dead and freeing sixteen of the hostages, while four were found killed in the Paris store.
Over 30,000 people holding signs reading ‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie) and ‘Let ink flow, not blood’ march during a rally in Limoges on January 10, 2015. (PASCAL LACHENAUD/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold signs reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie) and hold up pens during a march attended by an estimated 75,000 in Nantes, western France, on January 10, 2015. (JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold a sign reading ‘Charlie is great’ during a demonstration attended by an estimated 45,000 people at the old harbour in Marseille, southern France on January 10, 2015. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
People holding placards reading “I am Charlie”, take part in a silent march for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, January 10, 2015, in Nice, southeastern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
People hold a banner reading ‘For Democracy, Equality, Liberties, Lets fight all forms of fascism’ during a rally in Marseille, southeastern France, on January 10, 2015. (BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Children hold notes reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie) in Saint-Just le Martel, near Limoges, south-western France on January 10, 2015. (PASCAL LACHENAUD/AFP/Getty Images)
People march in solidarity with the victims of the terror attacks in Marseille, southern France on January 10, 2015. (ANNE-CHRISTINE…