Taking to the streets: Paris's biggest demos

11th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

More than a million people and dozens of world leaders are expected to join a massive march in Paris on Sunday after the Islamist attacks that killed 17 and shocked France.

Below are some of the biggest past demonstrations in Paris:

- August 26, 1944: One million Parisians gather on the Champs Elysees to cheer French wartime chief General Charles de Gaulle, the day after the liberation of Paris.

- May 1968: The two main demonstrations during the student unrest -- the 13th at the call of the unions and the 30th in support of de Gaulle, on the Champs Elysees, bring together a million people, according to the organisers, from 500,000 to 200,000 according to the police.

- June 24, 1984: More than 1.5 million people according to the organisers, 850,000 according to the interior ministry, march in defence of private education.

- July 12, 1998: More than 1.5 million people, according to the police, gather on the Champs Elysees to celebrate France's victory in the soccer World Cup.

- July 14, 2011: Between one million, according to the organisers and 500,000 according to the police protest in central Paris against racism.

- March 24, 2013: Between 1.4 million, according to the organisers, and 300,000 according to the police, demonstrate in Paris demanding withdrawal of a draft law on gay marriage.

© 2015 AFP

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