الإثنين , يونيو 15 2020

London goes Tricolore in Paris tribute

National Gallery illuminatedThe National Gallery was illuminated in red, white and blue on Saturday afternoon

Major London landmarks have been lit in the colours of the French national flag in tribute to the 17 people killed in the Paris terror attacks.

Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery are among monuments lit in red, white and blue.

A huge unity march is taking place in Paris, while in the UK, crowds have taken over Trafalgar Square.

David Cameron is at the Paris rally “to show solidarity with the French people… after the appalling attacks”.

“We’re here to demonstrate that we all stand for the values of democracy, freedom, freedom of expression and tolerance,” he said.

“We in Britain face a very similar threat – a threat of fanatical extremism – and we have to confront that in every way we can.”

Mr Cameron added he would be meeting security and intelligence chiefs on Monday to discuss whether further action should be taken to defend Britain against terrorist attacks.

‘Liberte, Charlie’

Eleven people were killed at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, with a policeman shot dead nearby. Four hostages died at a kosher supermarket on Friday.

A policewoman shot dead in Montrouge on Thursday is believed to have been killed by one of the attackers.

More than a million people are expected to attend the Paris rally, which moved off from the Place de la Republique amid cheers, clapping and chants of “Liberte” and “Charlie”, just after 14:30 GMT.

Mr Cameron was among dozens of world leaders who linked arms at the head of the march, along with the victims’ families.

Trafalgar Square illuminatedThe fountain in Trafalgar Square and the fourth plinth

Many people have gathered in Trafalgar Square to show solidarity with the Paris marchPeople gathered in Trafalgar Square earlier on Saturday to show solidarity with France

A demonstrator holds a pen in symbolic support of Charlie Hebdo magazine victims during a solidarity gathering in Trafalgar squarePens were held aloft at Trafalgar Square in solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks

Demonstrators waves flags, pencils and placards in support of Charlie Hebdo magazine victimsMany also held French flags and placards saying Je suis Charlie to remember the victims

Demonstrators look at tributes in support of the Charlie Hebdo magazine victims during a solidarity gathering in Trafalgar squareTributes, along with flowers and pens, were also left in the square

A British armed police officer stands guard a couple looking at tributes to the victims of the Jihadist attacks in France outside the French embassy in LondonMany were also placed outside the French Embassy in Knightsbridge

In the UK, crowds are at Trafalgar Square, while there are similar scenes at Millennium Square in Leeds – where about 100 people are gathered – and about 250 are in Liverpool’s Derby Square.

Tower Bridge was bathed in the colours of the Tricolore at 16:00, and will turn dark at 17:30. The emblem has also been projected on to the National Gallery.

The Trafalgar Square fountains are rotating the colours of the French flag, while the London Eye has gone dark with the French colours projected on to County Hall behind it.

Meanwhile, a vigil is due to take place later in Cardiff Bay in front of the Senedd which houses the nation’s parliament.

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Sombre but defiant


Crowds in Trafalgar Square

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French citizen living in London: “We’re all united here, in London as well as in Paris”

By Nick Eardley, BBC News, at Trafalgar Square

There is a sombre but defiant mood as hundreds gather in London’s Trafalgar Square to show support for the huge rally in Paris.

Among the crowd are many French expats and Britons offering their own messages of solidarity.

Many are holding signs that read Je suis Charlie, the words many have come to associate with French defiance in the face of extremism.

Others are holding similar signs saying Je suis Ahmed, a tribute to the Muslim police officer killed during the attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office.

While some hold their pens and copies of cartoons in support of free speech.

Avi Gelley is Jewish and lives in London. He speaks of how “scary” it was to see the attacks in Paris, and says he “does not safe at all” in London now.

But if we do not stand together against such attacks, he adds, “It’s only going to get worse.”

Mathieu Gillet, 32, is from Paris and has lived in London for two years.

“I’m here to demonstrate that the three values of France – liberty, equality, fraternity – are still alive and we definitely have to fight for those values,” he says.

“It’s a strong message that people are standing shoulder to shoulder and together, from around the world.”

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Thousands of people gathered at the Place de la Republique ahead of the rallyThousands of people gathered at the Place de la Republique ahead of the rally

Leaders, including David Cameron, left, were at the head of the marchLeaders, including David Cameron, left, were at the head of the march

Family members and relatives of the victims joined world leaders at the front of the marchThey were joined at the front by relatives of the victims

French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the Elysee PalaceFrench President Francois Hollande, right, earlier welcomed David Cameron at the Elysee Palace

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was at Trafalgar SquareDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was at Trafalgar Square

London mayor Boris Johnson said Londoners had been “appalled by the distressing scenes in France” and it was important to pay tribute.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, also marching in Paris, said: “We’ve been inspired by the response of the French people, and indeed by the response of people across faiths, across communities, in this country.”

French Ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann said she was grateful for the UK’s show of solidarity, adding many people had signed books of condolence at the London embassy.

Global figures

About 700,000 people were said to have taken part in marches across France on Saturday, including in Paris, Orleans, Nice, Pau, Toulouse and Nantes.

Sunday’s Paris march is expected to dwarf these events and extra security has brought in to protect the marchers.

Other global figures attending include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.



Marchers gather at Place de la Republique, Paris

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Hugh Schofield reports from Paris: ”A nation united to defend what it believes in”

The offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked by brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who went on the run but were later shot dead by police.

Eight journalists and two police officers were among the 12 people killed in that attack.

Another gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, took several hostages at a supermarket in eastern Paris, with four hostages found dead after the siege ended.

Coulibaly is also believed to be behind the killing of a policewoman in southern Paris on Thursday, and has now been linked to the non-fatal shooting of a jogger on Wednesday.

Police are still hunting his partner, Hayat Boumeddiene – though she is now thought to have fled France last week and may be on her way to Syria.

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How the attacks unfolded (all times GMT)

Map of Paris showing the locations of three deadly attacks in January 2015

  • Wednesday 7 January 10:30 – Two masked gunmen enter Charlie Hebdo offices, killing 12 people, including the magazine’s editor. Shortly after the attack, the gunmen kill a police officer nearby.
  • 11:00 – Police lose track of the men after they abandon their getaway car and hijack another vehicle. They are later identified as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.
  • Thursday 8 January 08:45 -A lone gunman shoots dead a policewoman and injures a man in the south of Paris. Gunman later identified as Amedy Coulibaly.
  • 10:30 – The Kouachi brothers rob a service station near Villers-Cotterets, in the Aisne region, but disappear again.
  • Friday 9 January 08:30 – Police exchange gunfire with the Kouachi brothers during a car chase on the National 2 highway northeast of Paris.
  • 10:00 – Police surround the brothers at an industrial building in at Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) from Paris.
  • 12:15 – Coulibaly reappears and takes several people hostage at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris. Heavily-armed police arrive and surround the store.
  • 16:00 – Kouachi brothers come out of the warehouse, firing at police. They are both shot dead.
  • 16:15 – Police storm the kosher supermarket in Paris, killing Coulibaly and rescuing 15 hostages. The bodies of four hostages are recovered.

Three days of terror

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