Monday, January 12, 2015
They came in their thousands – an estimated 200,000 – students, workers, parents, the old and the young, the people of Lyon came to march in one of the city’s biggest ever rallies, side by side after the horror that unfolded last week in Paris.
It was a show of solidarity never before seen in France. Almost four million people have turned out in Paris and other cities for unity marches after the murder of 17 people in three separate terrorist attacks. Officials say attendance in Paris was more than two million and the figure was at least 3.7 million nationwide. This breaks the previous record for the largest rally in France: the liberation of Paris after World War Two.
Anita Ekberg, the striking blonde Swedish actress whose sashay through Rome’s Trevi fountain in “La Dolce Vita” made her an icon of cinema, died Sunday at 83 at a clinic near the Italian capital, her lawyer said.