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    Thousands March in France to Show Solidarity After Paris Attacks

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    More than 200,000 people demonstrated in France on Saturday showing their solidarity after three days of attacks in which 17 people died at the hands of extremists.

    MOSCOW, January 10 (Sputnik) – More than 200,000 people took to streets in France on Saturday to demonstrate their solidarity after terrorist attacks left 17 people dead in Paris, reports AFP.

    Some 80,000 people gathered in the southern city of Toulouse, 40,000 in southwest Pau, 30,000 in western Nantes, 23,000 in southeastern Nice, 22,000 in central Orleans, and 20,000 in eastern Besancon, according to estimate counts from local officials and AFP reporters.

    Tens of thousands of people, some holding up signs that read, "Je suis Charlie" – I am Charlie, marched during a rally along the sea front in the Mediterranean city of Nice.

    "Live together, free, equal and in solidarity," read the banner behind which at least 30,000 people marched in the western city of Nantes.

    The rallies come ahead of a march expected to draw about a million people on Sunday in which French President François Hollande will be joined by a host of world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and US Attorney General Eric Holder, reports AFP.

    The Prime Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands will also attend along with the presidents of Mali, Niger and Ukraine.

    Other leaders to join the French President include NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, president of the European Union Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

    "This will be an extraordinary demonstration, which must show the power and the dignity of the French people who are going to proclaim their love of freedom and tolerance," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told AFP.

    Hundreds of troops were deployed around the Paris, which is already on the highest possible alert. The French government further announced that all essential measures would be taken to guarantee the safety of those attending the demonstrations.

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