Saturday, January 10, 2015

European leaders to attend Paris anti-terror march Sunday


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Arab League representatives, some Muslim African leaders as well as Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu also set to participate in rally, following spree of deadly attacks in France.

A vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Various European leaders were set to attend an anti-terror rally in Paris on Sunday, following the deadly attacks in France this week on a satirical newspaper and Jewish deli.

On Saturday morning, there was still a visible police presence around the French capital, with patrols at sensitive sites including media offices. There was a false bomb alert at the Eurodisney fairground to the east of the capital.

Participation of European leaders - including Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's David Cameron, Italy's Matteo Renzi, Mariano Rajoy of Spain, and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker - in a silent unity march through Paris with President Francois Hollande will pose heightened demands for security forces on Sunday.

Arab League representatives and some Muslim African leaders as well as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will also attend.

The deadly three-day terror streak that began on Wednesday has prompted French official to examine lapses in security.

French President Francois Hollande convened an emergency security meeting on Saturday in light the worst assault on France's homeland security for decades.

Seventeen victims lost their lives in three days of violence that began with an attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly on Wednesday and ended with Friday's dual hostage-taking at a print works outside Paris and kosher supermarket in the city.


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