The Events, the March

The Events, the March

chalrie hebdoCharlie Hebdo. Hidden in a modest office on a small street near the Place de la Republique in Paris, the newspaper that pokes fun at all, no holds barred, has no sign on the door. No one really knew, or cared, where the office was. Today, everyone in the world knows where it is.

Charles Traiteur. The finest kosher deli in the city, has six shiny stores with the best tastes in the city inside.

Both spots were the scenes of a massacre, signaling we’re all not sure what yet, except an attack on liberty and free press, and the Parisian Jewish community. These things happen around the world, we just didn’t expect them in the country of liberté, egalité, fraternité.

The march on Sunday was balm for the wound. Herewith a few scenes.

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Sandy shaw

    Thinking of you as well all in Paris and the victims.
    I heard that over a million people were in Paris streets on Sunday. That is a huge message!
    Be safe , as always.
    Love, sandy

    1. Susan

      Sandy,

      I believe it was closer to 3 million, from what I’m hearing today. However many it was, we couldn’t march, but we all sang a lot.

  2. Hi Susan, This is a great post, thank you. I will send the readers of my blog over to your site this week. The pictures tell a great story of the amazing French response to this terrible event.

    1. Susan

      Dear Lynn,

      Thank you so very much. And yes, it was a truly peaceful, funny, warm, embracing moment…with people who for once were all French. I can’t tell you….

    1. Susan

      Molly,

      Thank you!

  3. Nan Erickson

    Thank you for sharing these images. The solidarity shown after such events is a finger poke in the eye of terrorists. We won’t bend.

    1. Susan

      Finger poke – I like that. It’s a wake-up, and a show that maybe we’re not all asleep.

  4. Phyllis Bosomworth

    Oh my! I having been thinking of you and glad you are safe. what a show of solidarity. Thank you for sending this out.

    1. Susan

      Thank you for replying, Phyllis. All well for us. There is hugely increased security at all Jewish schools, Synagogues, and as far as I can tell, shops. A friend who lives near Buttes Chaumont (in the Jewish/Arab neighborhood) said there are fifty police vans on his street alone (the street where the deadly brothers lived). This is good and a big and needed show of solidarity.

  5. cathy bennett

    I could not be more dis-heartened by the lack of an appearance by any USA leader. What a disgrace. It was originally thought that Eric Holder was present……come to find out he was in Paris, but couldn’t make the time to walk hand in hand with our longest allies. Be strong France and know that we are actually “with you”, despite appearances …….Stay safe. XO

    1. Susan

      Cathy, it was a big disappointment not to see the US better represented. Apparently the President requires such huge security that the street wouldn’t have been wide enough for it all. John Kerry is coming here on Friday, and as a spokesperson for President Hollande said “We are not miffed by the lack of show from the U.S. It was discussed, and President Obama did go to the French embassy in Washington, which was greatly appreciated.”

  6. MH Design

    Thanks Sue, I really appreciate your perspective. Please stay safe! <3

    1. Susan

      Mary, I think we’re as safe here as anyone in Seattle. Whatever that means.

  7. Lorraine Sabourin

    Susan, Have been thinking of and praying for the families of the victims and all the French people who have endured unspeakable horrors. My heart is bleeding for my beloved Paris and all of her people and the people of France. Glad you were safe. Prayers are with you.

    Lorrie Sabourin

    1. Susan

      We’re safe. As safe as anyone, anywhere.

  8. Heidi Webb

    Susan: Thank you for this post. You have been in our thoughts and on our mind. The solidarity of the March certainly provided some measure of hope and comfort after the horrific tragedies last week. With you permission I will somehow incorporate your photos into my blog (and give you credit and talk of our experience with you in Louviers).

    1. Susan

      Heidi, Please do, and note that France is resilient, and already discussing improving the education system and looking at the economy, two large pills that could cure many of the ills…

  9. Bunnie Beardsley

    Thank you for sharing, Viva La France for showing a United Front in a country that treasures its freedom.

    1. Susan

      Exactly….

  10. Debbie

    Susan
    Thank you for this post. I really liked Helen Mirren’s choice of jewellery at the Golden Globes. A pen to look like a broach.
    Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed as well. I saw on tv a muslim women while all covered in black from head to toe and only her eyes showing saying “I am not Charlie”. Wow!! I thought, and the reason you choose to live in France is because……………………………? Maybe she should live elsewhere.

    Thinking of France
    Debbie

    1. Susan

      Debbie, Hard to understand how people think…and what they understand. Thanks for your comment.

  11. Betty Ulrich

    I am so devastated by the events of the last week, as my husband & I had spent Christmas in Paris with some dear friends. I can not imagine the sense of daily security that is lost by the citizens.

    1. Susan

      I was at the march on Sunday and there was much security; we are used to seeing policemen with large guns patrolling our train stations and our streets. I am hoping that the feeling isn’t that different this week. Everyone is on red alert, which means everyone is being extremely careful. Thank you for your comment!

  12. Pat McDonald

    Dear Susan: As so many members of the free world feel; “Je suis Charlie”. Such a senseless horror.

    As a U.S. citizen I’m deeply offended and embarrassed by the government’s decision to have no official representative in Paris. Unfortunately this faux pas will haunt us as a nation and as a citizen of the world for years to come. My prayers are with France. And Susan, thank you so much for sharing these thoughts and photos.
    Warmly,
    Pat

    1. Susan

      Pat,

      I think it was a big mistake and somehow we need to forget it. Everyone is fumbling, accusing, pointing fingers. Seventeen people are dead, France is rallying marvelously, John Kerry will be here on Thursday….I know, it’s embarassing and incomprehensible, but we just have to focus on what we can do now. Thanks for your comment!

  13. Lindsay Kinder

    Wow! What an incredible display of camaraderie. Glad you had the opportunity to add one more voice to the march.

    1. Susan

      Camaraderie is one way of looking at it. And a nice way of looking at it. It was one move, one voice really. Liberté.

  14. Gina Legalle

    Amazing images Susan. What an emotional day. Interesting for an American in Paris like myself that had the world turned upside down with 9/11. I don’t know if this had the same thunder shaking or if I was protecting my heart by pretending this was not new, but it did make me stop, love what I love more, hug my children and take a moment of silence for liberte, egalite, fraternite.

    1. Susan

      Gina, and that’s the response to have. Then to walk out and see what we can all do to help.

  15. Sandy

    Thank you for your post. I saw the link from Lynn McBride’s. I read your book so many years ago and have it with me still! We moved to France two years ago, are back in the U.S. to spend some time with family for the moment. Hearts united with all in France, bon courage et bon weekend. Sandy

    1. Susan

      Sandy, thank you! There is so much going on here. Lots of discussion and let’s hope it will be followed by good action.

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