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Paris March: TV Wide Shots Reveal a Different Perspective on World Leaders at Largest Demonstration in France's History

World  (tags: Paris, France, Je Suis Charlie, world leaders, "unity"? photo-op, march, soidarity, opportunity, security )

- 1622 days ago -
The photos may have made it seem as if David Cameron, Benjamin Netanyahu and François Hollande and the other heads of state were standing at the head of the pack, but at the time they were in fact alone on an empty street, surrounded by security.


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wendy k (165)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 9:45 am
Thanks Angelika, Our "P.M" -David Cameron, has actually said the photo gives the impression "World Leaders" were leading the March, when this was not the case.
in my opinion , shame on David Cameron, and the rest of the world Leaders, they should have been leading the march, a sign of Unity against terror .

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 9:46 am
SHAME , indeed! or perhaps sham fits as well.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:10 am
Le Monde also reported this but I've been unable to find that article. Here's another one by the Daily News:

German papers also carried the story, many feel betrayed.

Ben O (128)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:24 am

Ben O (128)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:24 am
How to lead by example...???

Angie P (139)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:27 am
Thanks for sharing.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:48 am
By the way, even our press reported that the absence of president Obama was solely due to the additional massive security measures his partcipation would have required.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:14 am
The French Le Monde article says ( the photo p took place at Leon Blum Square next to the metro station "Voltaire" at that this spot was chosen for its double symbolism.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:15 am
*and* that this spot...

Carol R (11)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 11:46 am
Wow... this pic gives it a whole different meaning. Thanks Angelika... very telling.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 1:09 pm
Loonies!! thanks, Angelika

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 1:54 pm
It was shocking to see really no heads of state there--very ODD...most didn't even bother to send a representative either. I gotta add that seeing the Israeli Yahoo there was also very very strange. Thx Angie

JL A (281)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 2:12 pm
Thanks Angie--makes me wonder who needed this illusion so much and why

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 2:20 pm
I would expect each would have security. And I don't blame them for having security.
Like JL A said who needed the illusion?
Thank you Angelika

Animae C (509)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 2:42 pm
O really!!!!

T.Y. Angie

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 4:20 pm
Good question above and an easy answer: PEOPLES, all those who still may have the illusion that leaders are serving them. This pic has practically symbolic value to make unmistakably clear: the elite has been, is and will be only self-serving!

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 5:41 pm
Thank you Angelika

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 5:46 pm
This tweet here probably says it best :
stevemcauliffe ‏@beholdcosmicwav 12. Jan.

@borzou @rkn429 what a perfect visual metaphor for how our 'leaders' 'lead us'. -& a perfect illustration of media 'news' deceit

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 7:15 pm
Everything in this story is smoke and mirrors. And 18 people were brutaly killed for this photo-op.

... CounterPunch, on freedom of the press: The Road From Paris to Damascus

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 3:05 am
Thanks Jelica for adding that link here. I had already read that earlier but found it a bit too intellectual for posting , knowing the majority here ;)

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:58 pm
notato grazie Angelika

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 5:25 pm
About the photo of brave politicians leading the march -- apparently they honoured hilariously brazen Charlie Hebdo photo-montages -- by staging a live one. Charb, Cabu, Wolinski. Tignous, Honore, Uncle Bernard, Cayat and Ourad would just love to apply their pens on this candy.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 5:57 pm
-Absolutely so, yes Jelica, I agree and bet they would! Great comment!

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:51 am
Extremists incorporated

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 16, 2015, 9:42 am
The remain in their Ivory Towers and make decisions that the rest of us must suffer under....Shameful photo op on their part. And then on top of it the Israeli newspaper HaMevaser photoshops out the women who had stood within the group. HaMervaser Removes The Women

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 16, 2015, 10:32 am
Sheryl but we know that there is gender separation for orthodox jews. No such thing as being close to each other.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 16, 2015, 10:42 am
Seems like no such thing as being close to anyone. Divisions everywhere. Leaders from the people, women from men, religious from each other or the non religious......divide and conquer while the Power players laugh protected in their gilded world moving the pieces around on the chess board.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 16, 2015, 11:28 am
out of ******, could hardly be stated any better. thanks Sheryl!

Jelica R (144)
Friday January 16, 2015, 5:31 pm
Right to the point, Sheryl! Divide et impera, all the way from the Roman Empire for as long as fools and hot-heads will buy it, and all the humanity has to suffer. Sadly, nothing new under the sun...

Angelika R (143)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 3:47 am
..and all the way to the end as well...we do know the ending of the Roman empire after all.

Jelica R (144)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 3:49 pm
Yes, the decline of the Roman empire lasted for centuries and sank Europe in the dark ages which last until XV century. Europe lost some 15 centuries of development. In contemporary global society, collapse will be universal. Imagine how a non-technological tribes will manage melted-down nuclears and used rods with lethal level of radiation for thousands of years.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 5:35 pm
Indeed, when I hear and read people still pushing the Nuclear Power option I just cringe. The energy we've used is a blink of the eye for what our future children all over the world will have to deal with.....if they can deal with it as you point out Jelica.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday January 18, 2015, 6:08 pm
They won't be able to do anything except to stay away. We can't manage one melt-down now. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster started 4 years ago and, despite all resources available, "the significant amount of radioactive water is among the most pressing problems affecting the cleanup process, which is expected to take decades. There have been continued spills of contaminated water at the plant, and some into the sea. Plant workers are trying to lower the leaks using measures such as building chemical underground walls, but they have not yet improved the situation significantly." (Source: Wikipedia)
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