Solidarity and Peace for Paris


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As Paris holds a special place in your heart, we are sure you have been following the events in France over this past week. All eyes have been on France as it rallies from the terrorist attacks that touched at the very heart of country’s dedication to free speech and liberty. The outpouring of support from all corners of the world has helped to bring peace and healing. It has been a remarkable experience to be in Paris over this past week to see the city stand strong and come together.

This culminated in the massive Unity Rally on Sunday, January 11th where over a million people gathered in Paris on Sunday, filling the streets from Place de la République to Place de la Nation. With this unprecedented gathering, Paris demonstrated that it’s not only the City of Light, but also a city of peace – united by a desire to defeat terrorism of all kinds.

This was a moving display of support, for France and for every country around the world that has been, or continues to be, shaken by terrorism. Unity rallies in major cities and small towns around the world over the past week have been a reminder of how important it is to remain united. Together with every single man, woman and child at the rally in Paris and similar events around the world, we stand strong.

Paris is in our hearts more than ever now. This city has shown us how love and solidarity can be a positive influence to change the world. As daily life continues—the rhythm just the same as ever with shops, museums and restaurants open as normal—the Parisians are, perhaps even uncharacteristically, warm and welcoming. It’s in moments like these when differences fall away and what unites us stands out clearly. Paris, you have our hearts always and forever!

38 Responses to “Solidarity and Peace for Paris”

  1. markandmaryg@aol.com' Mary says:

    Our thoughts and prayers have been and continue to be with you all.

  2. hartvineyard@comcast.net' Bill Hart says:

    We had friends from Paris visiting us when it all occurred, so feel particularly close to these terrible events.

    Je suis Charlie!

    Bill

  3. lp@mclennancos.com' Laurie and Scott Pederson says:

    Standing with you. May we be examples…that only love wins.

  4. sanibel2001@aol.com' Deborah says:

    My heart goes out to all of Paris to me it is the most beautiful city in the world and it’s people wonderful I know Parisians will stay strong.

  5. Soladale@gmail.com' Betty sola says:

    We stand with you and all of France.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with your country. We look forward to visiting your beautiful city in July.

    Patricia

  7. Afshinlili@yahoo.com' Sean Ameri and Lili Masbough says:

    We love you Paris and our hearts are with the amazing people of France. You are true messangers of liberation.

  8. dab314@gmail.com' DAVID BERGER says:

    Thank you for such a beautifully written story of what Paris, and France are.
    Yes, Paris is in my heart more than ever. As a Jew, I stand with all of France,

    We are Charlie !!

  9. mbdrjd@comcast.net' Maggie Dean says:

    Thank you for sharing this report on the solidarity movement in Paris.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

    Maggie Dean

  10. cpeebles46@hotmail.com' Craig Peebles says:

    Will be in Paris again mid-March to first week of April. We love Paris and grieve for her loss. Nothing would keep us from returning and enjoying her beauty.
    The American people stand with the French against Islamic terrorism.
    Je Suis Charlie

  11. Madelyn, Philippe, and France,
    My thoughts and prayers were with you on that horrible day. I wish I could have been there on Sunday to walk with the Parisians and the world. I promise you that the absence of America’s President does NOT represent the feelings of the American people. We are with you!
    Je suis Charlie! Je suis Paris!
    Much love,
    Jamie

  12. bettymohr@gmail.com' betty mohr says:

    Thank you so much for sending this out. Our hearts and concern are with Paris and the French nation.

  13. jan@shaddock.com' Jan Shaddock says:

    Shock and horror that this should happen both at the magazine and at the supermarket to the people of Paris. I hope that this is a catalyst for peace as people the world over just want to live their lives happily and peacefully.

  14. Pearlann@optonline.net' Ann Damiano says:

    I am french and live in the New York suburbs, my heart goes out to all who have been affected by the recent turmoil in France, my heart and prayers go out to the people in Paris and those who lost their lives from these horrific acts of terrorism, we pray for peace In France and everywhere in the world,

  15. murphy10178@yahoo.com' lynn gottlieb says:

    We stand with all freedom loving peoples who believe in free press. Viva la France!!!

  16. Our hearts go our to the people of France. We hope the world support will help in the healing of the French people. Vive La France!

  17. Sdb313@sccoast.net' Suzanne belden says:

    We are totally is support of France and will be there for our planned trip. The terrorists will not succeed in deterring Americans from supporting our sisters and brothers in france

  18. jschoen85@aol.com' patricia says:

    We are all united.

  19. desikane@gmail.com' Marilyn Suarez says:

    Cher Amis,

    Je suis Charlie! Nous toutes sommes Charlie!
    Vive la Paris! Vive la France!

    Merci.

    Au revoir,

    Marilyn

  20. sds_llewmichael@hotmail.com' Llewellyn and Charmaine says:

    Like so many who have visited your beautiful city we feel your pain as if we are there and lend all our support. In time we hope too that we can visit again and feel the presence of your City and the indestructible spirit of the wonderful and welcoming people of Paris. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

  21. gneary@hotmail.com' Gerry Neary says:

    We love France
    We love Paris
    Long live liberty
    Vive La France

  22. hannan920@cox.net' Nancy Hannan says:

    GOD BLESS THE FRENCH !!

  23. Margaretkarch@yahoo.com' Maggie Karch says:

    I LOVE PARIS, more than ever

  24. We are so sad and distressed about the recent events in Paris. But the overwhelming unity of Pais and France to overcome radical and bigoted terrorists is amazing to those of us across “the pond”. Two of our friends have planned trips to Paris this year and one is flying in as I write. Once one visits your beautiful country, it’s impossible not to return.

    Viva la France!
    Vic & Mary Ellen
    California

  25. pfalss@juno.com' Carole says:

    The outpouring to your country has been tremendous and I join in with prayers in my heart for the people of France. God bless you all and protect against those wishing to harm you.

  26. nss427@yahoo.com' Nancy Smith says:

    We are sick about what has happened in Paris and stand always for freedom. May the people of this astonishing city be comforted by the fact that good ultimately always wins.

  27. leigh.swift18@gmail.com' Leigh Swift says:

    Je suis Charlie! I followed the dreadful Paris events with much sadness as I have family and friends in Paris and France. Unfortunately this is only the beginning of the bigoted madnesss of a minority of deluded, ignorant people who value death more than life……

  28. Well done France, if only the rest of the world would follow in your footsteps and stand up to these extremists! Cannot praise the French enough.

  29. aedwa5@mac.com' Andrea Edwards says:

    Salut! Thank you for your email! We have been following all that has been going on…such a sad time! And I understand security is extra high in Le Marais! We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Keep those adorable girls safe! If you like, we would love to have you come stay with us!! You are always welcome!!
    A Bientôt!

    Dave and Andrea

  30. brandithi@gmail.com' brandith irwin says:

    Thank you for this. Everyone in Seattle that I know has their hearts with the French right now. Je Suis Charlie! Brandith

  31. gg4rubino@yahoo.com' George Rubino says:

    Our hearts are with you. Today we are all Parisians. And every day.

  32. ksramberg@hotmail.com' Kathleen Ramberg says:

    I was born, raised and live in the USA with my husband, three children, a daughter in law, son in law and two preschool grandchildren. Our family, or, my husband and I have traveled to France twice a year for over 30 years. Our three children completed undergraduate education in France. We have deep bonds with France and the French people and culture. As a mother, grandmother, spouse, and a practicing therapist, I have developed strong feelings in response to not just towards the violent deaths that occurred at the hands of the three terrorists, but, also towards the magazine staff who have deliberately demonstrated violence and intolerance in the magazine content they created and continue to create. Both France and the USA have laws against hate crimes involving spoken word, printed words and physically violent actions towards others singling out and demeaning the sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, etc. of others different then themselves. I feel that violence needs to be recognized world wide as not just physical actions against another, but, words, pictures, and, deliberate choices to demean, ridicule and diminish others is clearly violence and causes very extreme emotional and psychological damage. If those of us alive now, and our children and grandchildren seek to live in a world of peace, we all need to prioritize measure all our actions against whether then support peace in relationship with others. The Self, personal rights, ego, celebrity, etc., have to be set aside against a much higher ethic and goal……peace amongst all humans.

  33. Lisadykstra8@yahoo.com' Lisa Dykstra says:

    Je. Suis. Charlie!! Thinking of you all at this time. Hope to see you next summer or fall. Fear will never keep us away from Paris. God Bless. Lisa Dykstra

  34. We have been thinking of all of you and worried for your safety. Paris has endured worse and will continue to be a beautiful city of love!

    Know that many Americans stand with Parisians during this time of mourning.

    Je suis Charlie!

  35. Btjans@gmail.com' Jansen Family says:

    Dear Paris Perfect,
    Just wanted to let you know that we have been watching all of these terrible events unfold in recent days and are both saddened and angry about it.
    Our family holds Paris in our hearts as a place of beauty, culture and magic. We are with you now and always. Nothing will ever take away all that you give to the world!
    Nous sommes vos amis et vos allies pour toujours!
    The Jansen family
    USA

  36. a-morris@bigpond.net.au' Alan Morris says:

    Thank you … Yes we do hold Paris and the freedoms it represents very dear to our hearts.

    Alan Morris and family

  37. DBurgess@sksales.com' Dorothy Burgess says:

    Beautiful message. Thank you. I send you warm wishes of love and peace from Florida and want you to know that we Americans are mourning with you. I cannot wait to return to my beloved Paris, and it is your superbly professional agency that I will choose for my stay.

  38. taniagrossinger@verizon.net' Tania Grossinger says:

    To be sure!
    Je suis Charlie!
    Toujours!
    A bientot!
    Tania Grossinger, Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors

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