Paris, Jan 10: Security has been beefed up in France with the Government decreeing the highest level of alert ahead of the national unity march called for by the government, by all the parties and the labour unions. Nothing has been neglected to ensure the safety of the Parisians and the French. The army has been called out and are patrolling the streets. Guards are protecting public buildings. In a nationwide speech last night, President François Hollande called on the French to be calm, to be vigilant, to be united and to fight the scourge of racism and anti-semitism.The French people’s unity, he said, was their best weapon and greatest strength He thanked the security forces for their success in ending the two stand-offs and regretted the death of yesterday’s four victims. President Hollande thanked all the world’s leaders who have rallied support to the French people. .
All the trade unions, political parties (barring the extreme right), all types of associations, religious leaders of all confessions have called their members to join the national unity march tomorrow to show their unity against terrorism .
The trade unions will be together in the march under a single banner
“FACE A LA BARBARIE, DEFENDONS LES VALEURS DE LA REPUBLIQUE!
(Against the barbaric acts, we will defend the values of the Republic!)
Many world leaders will also be joining President François Hollande, the Premier Manuel Valls, Ministers and MPs, and the entire nation in the march scheduled for tomorrow between Republique and Nation in Paris at 3PM.
With the turnout expected to be very high three routes have been marked out to canalize the marchers. Exceptional security has been arranged with army and police forces on the ground and on roof-tops all along the routes. The metro will be free from 12 noon to enable people to travel using public transport instead of their own vehicles.
At the time of writing these lines, the following leaders from other countries are expected to join the march…..
•the German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
• Premier David Cameron from UK,
•Premier Matteo Renzi from Italy,
•Premier Mariano Rajoy from Spain,
•European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker,
•European Parliament President Martin Schulz,
•European Council President Donald Tusk,
•Danish Premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt,
• Belgian Premier Charles Michel,
• Netherlands Premier Mark Rutt,
•Unkrainien President Petro Porochenko.
*President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali,
*President Mahamadoou Issoufou,of Niger,
* U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
*Canadian Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney
*NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg
Other international organizations have also indicated that they would be represented in the march….like the Arab League, the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie, and the International Labour Organization….