Perhaps this jihad horror will be the defining moment when freedom-loving peoples take to the streets and begin to fight for their freedom, their culture. There is no telling. These vigils, candles, signs, slogans and are all well and good, but people need to get mad, not just sad.
France’s PM predicts a huge turnout for a march of unity, which will see thousands of police and troops guarding the tense city.
Paris is on high alert as world leaders converge on the city for a march expected to draw millions of people in a demonstration of national unity.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls predicted the huge turnout to honour the 17 people killed in attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a kosher supermarket and the police.
He told thousands gathered near the scene of the deadly supermarket siege on Saturday: “I have no doubt that millions of citizens will come to express their love of liberty, their love of fraternity.”
With the country’s national security threat system still at the highest level and a suspected member of the terror cell behind the attacks on the run, France has deployed thousands of police and troops to protect the capital.
More than 5,500 police and military personnel will be deployed for the security operation, including 2,200 to guard the route of the march, which will run for 1.9miles (3km) from the historic Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation.
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Police marksmen will be stationed on roofs in the area ahead of the march’s 3pm start time.
Some 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers will be stationed at other locations around the city, including at places of worship, media outlets and public buildings.
As the crowd marches, 150 plain clothes detectives will mingle among them and a security perimeter will be enforced, with roads and some central metro stations closed.
World leaders due to take part in the event include David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Home Secretary Theresa May will also attend a Paris meeting of European interior ministers, where security measures across the continent in the wake of the France attacks will be discussed.
But the far-right Front National hit out at the French government after its the party’s president Marine Le Pen was not invited to join the country’s main political leaders at the march.
Ms Le Pen – who will attend a rally in Beaucaire in southwest France – urged her supporters to shun the Paris event and stage regional demonstrations.
More than 700,000 people have already taken part in rallies across France this weekend, including large gatherings on Saturday in Toulouse, Nantes and Nice.
Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi and their associate Amedy Coulibaly were shot dead by police on Friday as a three-day reign of terror in Paris was brought to an end.
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.