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Millions Attend Unity March in France Following ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Shooting

More than 3.7 million people—including a large group of world leaders—attended a unity march in France this weekend, following three days of violence set off by the shootings at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The attacks by a small group of Islamic radicals left 17 people dead. The irreverent Paris-based newspaper is known for their cartoons skewering radical Islam that feature images some consider offensive. As they marched, the crowds chanted “freedom” and “Charlie” as a show of solidarity with the paper. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry faced criticism for not attending the event, though Kerry responded, saying, “This is sort of quibbling a little bit in the sense that our assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was there and marched, our ambassador was there and marched, many people from the embassy were there and marched” …

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