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IN PHOTOS: Thousands rally for unity, freedom, in Paris

Protesters wave French flags at Republique square in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Peter Dejong / AP Photo

PARIS – After days of mourning following violent and deadly terror attacks, the streets of Paris filled Sunday with people marching for unity.

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The staff of newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where 10 people were killed last week by gunmen, marched with cartoonist Renald Luzier among them. The newspaper was targeted due to satirical cartoons it published.

World leaders and dignitaries traveled to France to take part in the march. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas marched in solidarity with thousands of residents waving French flags and holding pencils.

As many as one million people were expected to attend the unity rally in the French city. Seventeen people were killed over three days of attacks in Paris last week, with suspects believed to be linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

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Here are some scenes from Sunday’s march.

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Massive crowds form at Place de la Republique on January 11, 2015 to participate in a rally after the terror attacks that left 17 people dead in France's capital. AP Photo
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Protesters wave French flags at Republique square in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Peter Dejong / AP Photo
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People wait in Republique square before the unity rally in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo
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Charlie Hebdo newspaper staff, with cartoonist Renald Luzier, known as Luz, at centre with moustache, march in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Francois Mori / AP Photo
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A crowd gathers in Republique square for a unity rally in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo
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French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi march at the head of a unity rally on Jan. 11, 2015. Francois Mori / AP Photo
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Front row from left, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lead a march in Paris to rally for unity and freedom on Jan. 11, 2015. Thibault Camus / AP Photo
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A large crowd walks in the streets of Paris, on Jan. 11, 2015, in a rally for unity after deadly attacks. AP Photo
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A French flag waves at place de la République in Paris before the march in honour of the 17 Paris shootings victims, on Jan. 11, 2015. AP Photo
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Thousands of people gather at Republique square for a unity rally in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Peter Dejong / AP Photo
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People watch from their roof-top apartment as some thousands of people gather at Republique square in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015. Peter Dejong / AP Photo
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A demonstrater holds up an oversized pencil at Republique Square, Paris, before the start of the unity rally on Jan. 11, 2015. Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo
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Armed French military on the streets at Place De La Nation ahead of a unity rally in Paris, France on Jan. 11, 2015. About 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers are being deployed across the French capital to protect marchers. Ben Cawthra / AP Photo

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