Thousands march in Paris for racial harmony

Several thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday, urging unity and religious tolerance in the wake of the shootings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers by the radical Islamist Mohamed Merah

France 24  March 25, 2012
Bu News Wires

AP – Several thousand people have marched silently through Paris urging unity and tolerance of all religions and cultures after deadly shootings of Jewish schoolchildren by a radical Islamist gunman.

Thousands took to the streets of Paris Sunday in a silent march against racism, anti-Semitism and terrorism, days after police in Toulouse shot and killed the self-proclaimed gunman who murdered seven people in southwest France. Photo: Leela Jacinto/France24

An enormous French tricolor flag borne by dozens of marchers waved above the crowd as it snaked away from the Place de la Bastille, birthplace of the French Revolution.

The mayor of Paris and other prominent French figures joined Sunday’s march, organized by groups that fight racism and anti-Semitism.

France is reeling after the killings of three young children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in recent weeks. A young Frenchman who claimed allegiance to al-Qaida told police that he carried out the attacks. He died in a gunfight with police Thursday.

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