Paris shooting: French to take to the streets in solidarity rallies across France

Firefighters and policemen are surrounded by journalists outside of the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twekve dead. French civic groups and jou
Firefighters and policemen are surrounded by journalists outside of the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twekve dead. French civic groups and journalist associations are calling on the people to take to the streets around the country to show their solidarity with the victims of Wednesday's terrorist attack. -- PHOTO: AFP

French civic groups and journalist associations are calling on the people to take to the streets around the country to show their solidarity with the victims of Wednesday's terrorist attack on Parisian satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

In Paris, the National Syndicate of Journalists will hold a rally at the Place de la Republique at 5pm local time in support of "the freedom of the press, democracy and the Republic", Le Figaro newspaper reported on its website hours after the attack.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo will lead a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, allegedly carried out by three Islamic extremists in retaliation for Charlie Hebdo's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Le Figaro said similar rallies were scheduled for major cities across the country, including in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Nantes, Besançon, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourb, Nîmes, Montpellier, Rennes, Lyon and Limoges.