Following the tragic shooting involving the targeting of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday (January 7), world leaders and French citizens gathered together today for a Unity March to emphasize that the terrorist attacks would not stop the country from demonstrating in peaceful resilience against the assault.
Photos from the event show world leaders and citizens alike bonding together to mourn the country's loss and stand strong in support of free speech.
World Leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu traveled to attend the march.
French President Francois Hollande lead the march that drew an estimated million demonstrators, but was joined by international principal figures.
Young people are involved and decrying the use of Islam's tenets for violent acts.
The slogan "Je Suis Charlie" has been adopted to show solidarity with the 12 journalists from Charlie Hebdo who were slain in the attack, and represents an overall support of freedom of speech.
Or the variation "Nous Sommes Charlie" which basically translates to "We Are All Charlie."
This sign reads: "I am Charlie. I am Jewish. I am a Muslim. I am French."
And citizens are comforting each other, and helping one another through the grief while they mourn the devastating attack on their country.
A pencil is symbolically held aloft in defiance, representing the cartoonists and other journalists who were targeted for their opinions.
Candlelit vigils and other symbolic shrines have been erected to mourn the loss, and represent the hope that peace will follow.