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Sports stars worldwide honor Paris massacre victims

From Paris to Perth, Melbourne to Montpellier, sports stars, coaches and fans unite in tribute to the victims of this week’s bloodshed in the French capital.

At the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris’s plush western outskirts, players of the Stade Francais and Castres rugby teams sport T-shirts bearing the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” the global rallying call of protests which have spread since Wednesday’s attacks on the headquarters of the satirical weekly.

Fans inside the 20,000 capacity arena join the teams in a minute’s silence before a mighty rendition of La Marseillaise is belted out.

Meanwhile, at Montpellier in southern France, spectators at the top-flight soccer match between the home side and league leaders Marseille also observe a minute’s silence before the national anthem.

In the US, the Washington Wizards’ French center Kevin Seraphin dons a “Je Suis Charlie” shirt as his NBA team warms up for a game against Chicago.

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin, from France, wears a 'Je Suis Charlie' T-shirt during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Washington (photo credit: AP/Alex Brandon)
Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin, from France, wears a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ T-shirt during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Washington (photo credit: AP/Alex Brandon)

Thousands of kilometers away in sweltering Australia, French tennis star Alize Cornet honors her compatriots during her win over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Cornet comes onto the court with “Je Suis Charlie” on a handwritten note on her bag, having tweeted the same message just hours after the attack on Wednesday.

-AFP

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