Միլիոնների միասնության երթ Փարիզում՝ 40 երկրների առաջնորդների մասնակցությամբ
Dozens of world leaders stood arm in arm as they led a defiant march through Paris in the wake of the terror attacks that shocked the French capital.Families of victims were among at least a million people who descended on the city from all over the world to show their solidarity with Parisians mourning the deaths of the 17 people killed in this week's atrocities.Prime Minister David Cameron, France's president Francois Hollande and other European leaders broke into spontaneous applause amid cheers, chants of "Charlie, Charlie" and c horuses of the French national anthem L a Marseillaise as the march got under way from the Place de la Republique.Ahead of the rally, Mr Hollande declared: "Today, Paris is the capital of the world."As the crowds swelled in a surge of unity, an unprecedented security operation saw more than 5,000 police and soldiers deployed to the streets as France remained on high alert.Downing Street said the Union flag at Number 10 was lowered to half-mast at the start of the rally "as a mark of solidarity and respect".The vast crowds set off along two routes towards Place de la Nation, walking boldly through streets that on Wednesday were filled with fear after two brothers gunned down 12 people at the nearby offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.As the people gathered , waves of applause rippled out from Place de la Republique along all the roads leading to it, which were quickly gridlocked.There were few large placards but the vast majority of the very mixed crowd displayed the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan in a variety of ways, from T-shirts and stickers to face paints and hair bands.Some held messages of solidarity in Arabic while others pointed to other aspects of the week's terror - publicly declaring their pride in the Jewish faith via posters.The Place de la Republique has seen countless huge demonstrations in its time, but even veterans such as Momo said he had never seen such a volume of people crowding past his nearby hat shop.While he applauded the march as an essential riposte to the terrorists, he was pessimistic about its power to effect change."The killings will not stop," he said - and was unable to suggest any other action he truly believed might help.Among those showing more hope for change was Agnes Demongeot, who had made a placard featuring what she hoped would be three values cherished by a new generation alongside the republican trio of freedom, equality and brotherhood: tolerance, intelligence and impertinence.She reflected the views of many joining the march in explaining that while Charlie Hebdo played a key part in her own political education, she was proud that so many of those around her were not fans of the magazine, but passionate nonetheless about the need to defend freedom of speech.One group of intrepid marchers scaled the huge statue in the middle of the square and draped it with flags from across the world before leading the masses in chants of "Charlie, Charlie!"People on the march carried banners, p lacards and posters bearing all sorts of slogans of defiance.Others carried drawings and pictures in honour of the slain cartoonists.A huge pencil bearing the words "not afraid" was carried through the crowd, while others raised posters to create a giant image apparently depicting the eyes and glasses of the magazine's murdered editor, Stephanie Charbonnier.Another banner bore the lyrics of John Lennon's famous song Imagine, dreaming of a world of peace.And a young boy held up a poster that read: "When I grow up, I'll be a journalist. I'm not afraid."Similar gatherings have been held in cities throughout France, with more than 600,000 estimated to be taking place in rallies outside the capital.Rallies have also taken place across Europe, including London and Berlin.In Trafalgar Square, large crowds were joined by French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann, who told Sky News today's events were "very important".She said: "The message is fight against terrorism, to defend our voices, to defend our freedoms of opinion and expression."Everybody wanted to participate and everybody is concerned."As they did after the initial attacks on Wednesday, people held pens and pencils aloft in solidarity with the murdered journalists, and a "wreath" of pens was laid on the floor and filled with flowers, placards and a tricolore flag.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was among the crowds, and told Sky News there was a "striking dignity" about people coming together spontaneously to "show their quiet disgust at what happened".Tributes have also been left outside the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, while a vigil is planned in Cardiff Bay.French President Francois Hollande and leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas marched at the front of the mammoth procession, which began near where gunmen killed 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.