01/07/2015 03:01 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 10:59 EST

Crowds Across France Hold Up Pens In Moving Demonstrations For Free Speech (PHOTOS)

Enormous crowds are gathering across France to show solidarity with the journalists of Charlie Hebdo and to demonstrate to support freedom of speech. The demonstrations come after an attack on the offices of the satirical magazine that left 12 people dead.

Many of the demonstrators are holding up pens

Others are holding up their press cards

Students are standing with journalists

The crowds in central Paris are enormous

#JeSuisCharlie has become their rallying cry

But the demonstrations are not just in Paris. People have gathered all over France in moving displays of democratic values

In Marseille

In Lyon

In Toulouse

In Nice

In Nantes

In Strasbourg

In Bordeaux

In Lille

In Montpellier

And in Rennes

The demonstrations of solidarity have spread to the capitals of Europe

There are crowds in London

And in Berlin

And in Madrid

And in Barcelona

And in Rome

And in Amsterdam

Across the capitals of Europe, and the world, people are standing in solidarity with Paris and the staff of Charlie Hebdo.


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