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    Thousands in Montreal march in solidarity for Paris victims

     

    by Frederic Hore.
    Montreal, Quebec. 11:00am
    “Nous sommes avec vous” – “We are with you,” said the handwritten words on a poster with the French tri-colour flag, as thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats gathered to pay their respects at a memorial to the victims of the Paris attacks, at the French Consulate in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015


    Initiated by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, a March of Solidarity started at the Quartier des Spectacles at 10am, winding along boul de Maisonneuve, named in honour of French military officer and founder of the city, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, to the French Consulate on McGill College St. to pay their respects.


    Catherine Feuillet, consul general for France, addressed the sombre and quiet crowd, thanking them for their passion and respect for the citizens of France. Flowers, candles, handmade signs, and even a teddy bear were placed on the sidewalk as an homage to the victims of the Paris attacks.


    Montreal, with a population of 2.5 million people, is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris, with some 80,000 French nationals and expats living in the city.

     

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    Photo 1 “Nous Sommes Avec Vous” – “We are with you,” said the handwritten words on a small poster of the French tri-colour flag, at the French Consulate in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 2 Thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats gather at the Quartier des Spectacles to walk in a March for Solidarity for the victims of the Paris attack, in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 3 Thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats walk in a March for Solidarity for the victims of the Paris attack, on boul de Maisonneuve, in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 4 Catherine Feuillet, consul general for France, addresses the sombre and quiet crowd, thanking them for their passion and respect for the victims of the Paris attacks, at a memorial in Montreal, Quebec on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 5 Initiated by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, centre, a March of Solidarity started at the Quartier des Spectacles at 10am, winding along boul de Maisonneuve, named in honour of French military officer and founder of the city, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, to the French Consulate on McGill College St. to pay their respects, in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 6 "Je suis Paris, Je suis Charlie" - “I am Paris, I am Charlie” says a handwritten sign, relating to the Paris and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, as thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats gathered to pay their respects at a memorial to the victims, at the French Consulate in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 7 A citizen hold a peace sign emblazed with the Eiffel Tower and flags of France, Quebec and Canada, as thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats gathered to pay their respects at a memorial to the victims of the Paris attacks, at the French Consulate in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

    Photo 8 A young boy lights a candle at a memorial to the victims of the Paris attacks, as thousands of Montrealers, visitors, students, and French expats walked in a March of Solidarity, then gathered to pay their respects at the French Consulate in downtown Montreal on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015.

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