Merkel and top ministers to join Muslim march for 'tolerance'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts next to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a welcoming ceremony in Berlin, on Jan 12, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts next to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a welcoming ceremony in Berlin, on Jan 12, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and most of her Cabinet will join a rally for an "open and tolerant Germany" organised by Muslim leaders Tuesday in Berlin in the wake of the militant attacks in France, a spokesman said.

Merkel will take part in the event at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the capital, along with Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other top officials, government spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters Monday.

Merkel joined French President Francois Hollande and several other world leaders at a huge Paris solidarity rally Sunday following the massacre of 17 people by Islamist gunmen in the city last week.