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(NEWSER)– Leaders from across the globe descended on Paris today to stand by the side of French President Francois Hollande, as hordes of his countrymen crowded into the capital's iconic Republique Square to defiantly proclaim "Je Suis Charlie" in a rally to honor the 17 killed over the course of three horrifying days this week.

"Paris is the capital of the world today," proclaimed Hollande before the start of the march, as per Sky News. "The whole country will stand up." He was joined by some 40 leaders ranging from David Cameron and Angela Merkel to Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas; the United States sent outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

France's Interior Ministry says it's the biggest such demonstration in the nation's history, calling it "unprecedented" even in a nation known for its demonstrating; attendance estimates vary widely, with some French media putting the number at 3 million demonstrators

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