La Marche Républicaine in Paris

Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives

Things have been rather crazy in Paris over the past week with the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the shootings of police officers, the massive manhunt for the gunmen, and two police assaults on a print shop and a Hyper Cacher grocery store that were seized by terrorists.

I went to the rally on Wednesday evening at place de la République in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. There was a crowd of an estimated 35,000 people at the rally, which was mostly somber apart from some chants of “Je suis Charlie” and “Liberté d’expression.”

Charlie-rally

Despite the attacks, businesses, government offices, public transportation networks, restaurants, and tourism services continue to operate, except in the specific areas that have been directly affected by shootings. The winter sales started on the day of the attack on Charlie Hebdo and people have continued to shop for clothes at the…

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