01/10/2015 10:29 EST | Updated 03/12/2015 05:59 EDT

Steven Blaney Lays Wreath At Charlie Hebdo HQ Ahead Of Sunday's Unity Rally

PARIS - Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney laid a wreath today at the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where a dozen people were killed in a terror attack this week.

Blaney told reporters he was there to show the support of Canadians for the French people, adding there is a deep bond between Canada and France.

He said the attack on the paper was an attack on liberty and freedom of expression.

Blaney will represent Canada at a unity rally Sunday in Paris, where British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders will join French President Francois Hollande.

Michel Robitaille, Quebec's delegate-general in the French capital, will attend on behalf of the province.

Three attackers were among those killed after three days of bloodshed at the newspaper, a kosher supermarket and other sites around Paris that also left four hostages dead. Police continue to search for a woman described as an accomplice.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spoken with Hollande to offer Canada's condolences on the brutal attacks.

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