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“La Vie Continue:” Scenes from Memorials at Place de la République in Paris

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Saturday’s cloudy skies gave way to sunlight this Sunday morning.

Life in Paris continues to surprise me by just how “normal” it seems.

I took the metro to the Place de la République to pay my respects at the monument in the middle of the square, where mourners have been gathering since yesterday to light candles, lay flowers, pray, cry, and embrace. This is the very same place where Parisians gathered after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. The statue that towers above them represents freedom.
Place de la République after the Paris Terror Attacks

Place de la Republique Paris

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    Crowds of Parisians, tourists, and journalists filled the square. Newsvans with large satellite antennas encircled the area. Police with rifles watched vigilantly.

    These two women knelt down and lit incense, the sweet smell filling the cool air.

    People pay their respects for those who died in the Paris terror attacks

    Flowers placed at the Place de la Republique in Paris

    Flowers and people in the Place de la Republique Sunday afternoon

    "Peace and Love" written on signs at the Place de la Republique in Paris following the Paris terror attacks

    What struck me most were the displays of warmth and love even amid the sorrow. A young couple embracing caught my eye.

    “Life goes on,” reads this sign.

    "Life goes on" reads a sign hung on the monument at the Place de la Republique in Paris

    We are proof of that.

    Couple in Place de la Republique in Paris after the terror attacks

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