News last week was dominated by the shocking terrorist attacks which took place in Paris starting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo offices. A Jewish bakery also came under siege as did a print works. It was horrifying to watch as events unfolded and the rolling news continued for days while the events took on new twists.
Perhaps one of the most dramatic scenes came in the defiance shown by Parisians and world leaders. The French interior minister said it was impossible to know how many people attended but in what estimated to be well in excess of 1.5 million. They united on the streets of Paris in an act of solidarity against those who attacked Paris last week.
Images are now entrenched on our minds not just of events as they unfolded but of the touching tributes which came in the form of people holding signs with the now iconic and poignant slogan ‘Je suis Charlie.’ Pens and pencils have also been placed on make shift shrines across the country to suggest the pen is mightier than the sword.
Meanwhile the surviving journalists of Charlie Hebdo magazine have shown incredible strength and courage after they said they are determined to publish this week’s edition of the magazine and are doing so in the make shift offices of the French daily newspaper, Liberation.
Images of the journalists getting the issue under way while going through unimaginable grief are very touching as were those images of the unprecedented millions gathering along with world leaders walking through the French capital arm-in-arm with families of the victims in a unity march.
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