Tens of thousands turn out early in Republic Square

Tens of thousands of people have already gathered in the Place de la Republique in Paris hours before Sunday’s rally to demonstrate the nation’s defiance and sorrow in the face of last week’s jihadist attacks.

Nearby roads were also packed as the city prepared to march alongside several world leaders in the wake of the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a policewoman and a Jewish supermarket that left 17 dead.

The press are on standby for the start of a big march at the Place de la Republique on January 11, 2015, in Paris. More than a million people and dozens of world leaders were expected to march through Paris in a historic display of global defiance against extremism after jihadist attacks on Paris last week which left 17 dead. (photo credit: AFP/JOEL SAGET)
The press are on standby for the start of a big march at the Place de la Republique on January 11, 2015, in Paris. More than a million people and dozens of world leaders were expected to march through Paris in a historic display of global defiance against extremism after jihadist attacks on Paris last week which left 17 dead. (photo credit: AFP/JOEL SAGET)

— AFP

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