On January 7, 2015 the deadliest attack on French soil since World War II took place in Paris as twelve journalists were gunned down in their offices by religious extremists. During the days that followed this act of terror, the pain of the French people and all those who believe in “liberte, egalite, fraternite”, (liberty, equality, fraternity), was palatable in France, and around the world, but nowhere as acutely felt as in Paris itself.
Feelings ran so strong that official estimates said that over a million people took to the streets of the French capital to show unity in the ideals of freedom and the love of France.
Also, the BBC reported that more than 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity. The photos displayed here were taken in Paris on Jan. 12, 2015. This is the day following the attacks that became associated with “Je Suis Charlie”, a slogan originating from the satirical magazine where all those killed had been working.
Our hearts stand with our dear friends in Paris and in France. As we grieve with them, we continue to pray for healing and peace for all peoples everywhere.