UPDATE 4:10 p.m. EST: Authorities estimate upward of 3 million people participated in Sunday's marches and rallies against last week's terror attacks in Paris.
TOUCHING PHOTO: Relatives and friends of victims of the recent terrorist attacks marched at the rally. (EPA photo) pic.twitter.com/Hf6bguGXHK
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As many as 1 million people and 50 world leaders have taken to the streets of France’s capital city Sunday to exercise their freedom of speech in the wake of three deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 17 victims last week, France 24 English reported. Appearing below is the television channel’s live stream of the current JeSuisCharlie (I Am Charlie) demonstration.
The rally’s name is a derivative of the weekly satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, whose editorial headquarters was the scene of carnage Wednesday, when 12 people were killed by Islamic terrorists displeased with the newspaper’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The other five victims of the terrorists in Paris last week were slain in separate incidents, one Thursday and four Friday.
World leaders who planned to attend the event include British Prime Minster David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
In anticipation of the demonstration, French President Francois Hollande said, “I call on all the French people to rise up this Sunday, together, to defend the values of democracy, freedom and pluralism to which we are attached.”
Here is France 24 English’s live stream of the ongoing JeSuisCharlie demonstration: