The event was attended by about sixty heads of state and government joining together against extreme violence. It mobilized nearly 4 million people in France and millions of others worldwide. Thant day will remain in the history of our country and, hopefully, in the history of Europe.
Thank you to all of you who shared with us in your own country, for your support to resist terrorism and express our humanity!
It was a time of grace, a time during which political affiliations, beliefs, religions, cultural and social differences, nationalities, wounds of the past have been forgotten. We all had the same forceful step towards freedom and peace.
All of us were united with waves of applause, by the anthem, by the flag and the national motto of France : "liberty, Equality, Fraternity" A message that echoes indeed the motto of Europe "Unity in diversity" and the Council of Europe campaign "All different, all equal" !
Today, as governments or governed, we all need the courage of perpetuating this spontaneous impulse, this great hope in humanity, democracy and cohesion so as to give meaning to these demonstrations in the daily life of our democracies. Let us give substance to such a message at the Council of Europe and in each of our countries!