A survey by French pollster Odoxa found that over 80 percent of the country's population were ready to "mobilize" to show solidarity for 17 victims who died in an assault on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket in the Paris area over the span of three days, Le Parisien daily said.
The rally is planned to begin at 3 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT). Demonstrators will march in two columns, with the main one following a route from Place de la Republic, passing by the Boulevard Voltaire and the Bastille, before terminating at the Place de la Nation.
The solidarity march will bring together dozens of world leaders and political high-fliers from around the globe. A delegation of Russian officials, headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, will attend the rally, as well as leaders from across Europe – Germany, Britain, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Ukraine and the Turkish, Georgian and Israeli prime ministers, and the Palestinian president.
I'm on my way to Paris to march with the French people. The #CharlieHebdo murders will not crush our spirit or our values.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) 11 января 2015
Before the massive rally, France's President Francois Hollande is set to meet with his predecessors in this capacity and French prime ministers, and also with foreign leaders and representatives of the Jewish community.
"Je Suis Charlie" has been a rallying cry for protesters after eight Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were murdered Wednesday by Islamist terrorists Cherif and Said Kouachi, who also killed police officers outside the magazine's office. Another attacker, Amedy Coulibaly, who is believed to have had links to the brothers, killed four hostages in a supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday. He is also reported to be behind the murder of a policewoman that took place in southern Paris on Thursday.