Charlie Hebdo anniversary: Subdued ceremony draws smaller crowd than expected
President François Hollande led a brief, sombre and subdued ceremony in front of a sparse crowd on Sunday to honour the 17 people killed in the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo a year ago.
It was the culmination of a week of memorial events and tens of thousands of people had been expected.
Yet only a few thousand, at most, gathered under grey skies in the Place de la République. It marked a stark contrast with the million-and-a-half who joined a march led by world leaders in Paris on January 11 last year, when “Je Suis Charlie” became a rallying cry around the world.