Photos: History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

More than a million people surged through the boulevards of Paris behind dozens of world leaders walking arm-in-arm Sunday in a rally for unity described as the largest demonstration in French history. Millions more marched around the country and the world to repudiate three days of terror that killed 17 people and changed France.

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Photos: History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris
Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

More than a million people surged through the boulevards of Paris behind dozens of world leaders walking arm-in-arm Sunday in a rally for unity described as the largest demonstration in French history following the Charlie Hebdo attacks: Associated Press

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

At least 1.2 million to 1.6 million people streamed slowly through the streets behind 40 world leaders and across France to mourn the victims of deadly attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a kosher supermarket and police officers: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

The French Interior Ministry said 3.7 million marched throughout France, including roughly between 1.2 million and 1.6 million in Paris: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

On Republic Square, deafening applause rang out as the world leaders walked past. Later the French president joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a visit to a synagogue as authorities sought to reassure the Jewish population — Europe's largest — that it is safe to stay in France: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

"Je Suis Charlie" — "I Am Charlie," read legions of posters and banners. Many waved editorial cartoons, the French tricolor and other national flags: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

Many shed the aloof attitude Parisians are famous for, helping strangers with directions, cheering and crying together. Sad and angry but fiercely defending their freedom of expression, the marchers honored the dead and brandished pens or flags of other nations: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

Giant rallies were held throughout France and major cities around the world, including London, Madrid and New York — all attacked by al-Qaida-linked extremists — as well as Cairo, Sydney, Stockholm, Tokyo and elsewhere: AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

"I hope that at the end of the day everyone is united. Everyone — Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists," said marcher Zakaria Moumni. "We are humans first of all, and nobody deserves to be murdered like that. Nobody." - AP

Photos History from ashes of tragedy as world leaders march with millions in Paris

"The terrorists want two things: they want to scare us and they want to divide us," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told TV channel iTele. "We must do the opposite: We must stand up and we must stay united." - AP

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