World leaders led an estimated 1.5 million people (according to French newspaper Le Monde) in a massive march on Paris on Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terror attack on the French publication Charlie Hebdo.

Among the leaders who joined arms to lead the march were French President François Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Today, Paris is the capital of the world," Hollande said.

Corresponding rallies to promote free expression were held around the world to honor the 17 people killed in the attacks on the satirical newspaper, a kosher market and police. 

Hundreds of New Yorkers held pens in the air at a rally in Washington Square Park (despite below-freezing temps) where pole dancer was meant to honor the fearlessly provocative cartoons in Charlie Hebdo that terrorists cited in the attacks. 

 

Suspects in the attacks in Paris were killed in twin police raids on Friday.

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[Via USA Today]