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Mourners Make Heart-Stirring Chalk Tributes For Victims Of Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 16/11/2015 Nadya Agrawal
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In the aftermath of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, hundreds of mourners poured into the Place de la Republique on Saturday and Sunday night to create heartfelt chalk tributes to those who died.

After the Charlie Hebdo attack in January, vigils and protests were held in the square. It is again the site of public mourning.

Multi-colored written inscriptions in different languages -- including poems, quotes and even children's drawings -- were left among the candles and flowers placed at Place de la Republique in commemoration of the victims.

Parisians arrived at the square in defiance of city-wide orders from officials to stay home and off the streets. Mourners like Raphaella Giraudi, who came with her small children, gathered around the statue of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic and the embodiment of liberty and reason, which stands in the middle of Place de la Republique.

“I came here with my children to let them see that we should not be afraid,” Giraudi told the New York Times.

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