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Last Sunday’s historic mass rally in Paris saw more than 1.5 million people and a long list of world leaders in tribute to 17 people killed in three days of Islamist attacks.

Full list of world leaders who attended the rally:


French President Francois Hollande

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

European Parliament president Martin Schulz

European Union president Donald Tusk

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutogluWorld leaders Paris unity rally

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibachvili

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz

US Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley
Canadian public safety minister Steven Blaney


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman

Jordanian King Abdullah II and Queen Rania

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas

United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan

Qatari Sheikh Mohamed Ben Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani

Bahrain foreign minister Sheikh Khaled ben Ahmed Al Khalifa and Prince Abdullah Ben Hamad al-Khalifa


Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

Gabonese President Ali Bongo

Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa

Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra

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The White House has admitted that the US made a mistake after not sending “someone with a higher profile” to Sunday’s Paris unity rally.

It comes after US media criticized President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for not attending the demonstration.

The rally, which followed three terror attacks in Paris, was attended by an estimated 1.6 million people and some 40 world leaders.

The US ambassador to France was the highest ranking US official attending.

Speaking on January 12, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama wished he could have attended, but the “onerous and significant” security preparations for a presidential visit required more than the 36-hour advance notice the White House received.

Josh Earnest added, however: “It’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile.”Barack Obama absence Paris unity rally

Seventeen people died in attacks in Paris last week at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on a police officer, and at HyperCacher supermarket.

John Kerry told reporters in India he would visit France to reaffirm US solidarity with the country, which he called America’s oldest ally.

A fluent French speaker, John Kerry has visited France 17 times since becoming secretary of state.

Among those linking arms in a symbolic gesture at the Paris march were UK PM David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

US Attorney General Eric Holder, in Paris for an anti-terror summit, did not attend the march because he was giving media interviews.

John Kerry was visiting India, for an international development trip, and Pakistan to meet PM Nawaz Sharif.

“I would have personally very much wanted to have been there,” John Kerry said, but “it is important to keep these kinds of commitments”.

John Kerry said US officials, including himself and President Barack Obama, had been “deeply engaged” with French authorities since the first attack and had offered intelligence assistance.

“I want to emphasize that the relationship with France is not about one day or one particular moment,” John Kerry said.

“It is an ongoing long-time relationship that is deeply, deeply based in the shared values, and particularly the commitment that we share to freedom of expression.”

John Kerry is expected to arrive in Paris later this week.

Meanwhile, the White House announced there would be an international summit in Washington in February on countering violent extremism.

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