A Cloudy Afternoon in Paris


According to Agence France-Presse, over 2.5 million people gathered at the Place de la République earlier today for the Marche Républicaine to mourn seventeen victims – fifteen men and two women; Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists among them – of brutal violence first at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and subsequently at other sites.

Early this afternoon, I was deeply moved by the image broadcast by the Mairie de Paris today, honouring the two police officers who died in the attacks, and gently refusing to let the event become an accusation against the minority religions of France, and I found myself, through the course of the day, among the further millions who found their minds and hearts returning to Paris again and again during the day. Below is a scrapbook of borrowed images which appeared on Twitter this afternoon and evening.




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