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    French President to take part in a major republican unity rally organized in memory of the victims of the recent terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

    WASHINGTON, January 10 (Sputnik) – French President Francois Hollande has invited European leaders to march with him Sunday in Paris in a major republican unity rally organized in memory of the victims of the recent terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

    "I've accepted President Hollande's invitation to join the Unity Rally in Paris this Sunday — celebrating the values behind #CharlieHebdo," British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on his Twitter page Friday.

    Other leaders who have reportedly confirmed their willingness to participate in the march include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy, as well as President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told BFM-TV Friday that "massive" security measures will be taken in Paris as well as other major French cities where similar rallies are expected to take place.

    The attack on the French Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine took place Wednesday and resulted in the death of 12 people, with another 11 having been injured.

    Prior to Wednesday's attack, the magazine posted a caricature of the leader of the Islamic State militant group on its Twitter page. Charlie Hebdo had previously received several threats from radical Islamists over its publication of caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

    On Friday, French police killed two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack – brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, Frenchmen of Algerian descent who reportedly had ties to al-Qaeda.

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