Wherever you live, you will have already seen extensive media coverage of the recent events in and around Paris. So I will just add a few words of my own, in the hope of offering you an insider’s perspective.
A very worrying week of highly targeted attacks ended on a high note with the historic rallies of Sunday 11th January, in Paris, in France and around the world.
In Paris alone, an estimated 1.3 Million people of all ages, races, nationalities, political inclinations and religions came together peacefully on the boulevards from Place de la République to Place de la Nation. Such a union is completely unprecedented.
Just as significantly, no less than 50 heads of state joined the Paris rally, marching the street in a united front for freedom of expression and against extremisms of all kind. It was heartening to see so many world leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, putting aside their differences and marching for the common cause of freedom of expression, fraternity, peace and tolerance.
On Sunday 11th January, Paris was the capital of the world.
I felt a glow of pride to see the human race’s ability to unite in the most powerful way imaginable, across all nationalities, races and religions, in a world which – hopefully – will never be the same again.
Extremism and terror is a world problem, against which heads of state are cooperating in a united and concerted manner, and with a renewed determination and vigor. Going forward, the massive rallies in Paris and around the world will doubtless help ensure that all possible means and measures are now taken to ensure the security of everyone in both Paris and in the civilized world.
It is perhaps ironic that in seeking to spread terror, the extremists instead sparked one of the greatest unions in human history. Sunday 11th January saw a historic defeat of terror and a historic victory of freedom, tolerance and peace.
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Founder of A La Carte Paris