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News that a large gathering was being organized at Place de la R began circulating late in the afternoon on social media, just hours after the attack. As a journalist living in Paris, who once covered breaking news in Toronto, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to express my solidarity with the victims, and my newly adopted home. Until last night, I didn't know it was possible for a gathering numbering in the thousands to be so quiet. Maybe it's because the incident was still too raw, too fresh. But in the absence of anger, thousands of people gathered in hushed reverence to pay their respects not just to the victims of the tragedy, but to the principle summed Adidas Superstar Colours
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their bags and pockets, fished out pens, and in an impressive display of choreography, held them aloft under the Parisian sky to send a silent, but deafening message to the world. It was an achingly powerful moment, following the shooting that killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine that will forever symbolize the irrevocable right to freedom of the press. But on this night, I, a former Toronto resident living in Paris, finally got a taste of the power of assembly, and perhaps a better appreciation of the French psyche.
"Libert d'expression, libert de crayons," they chanted. (Rough translation: "Freedom of expression, freedom to write. ")All newcomers to France have to undergo Adidas Superstar Navy Stripe a one day seminar in which we're taught the history and tenets which uphold the country. While I may have forgotten the number of departments in France, the one message I did retain was the importance of secularism and the separation of church and state under French law. That is, in France, nothing is sacre.
up in one of the more popular chants that later rang out.