Several thousand people have marched silently through Paris urging unity and tolerance of all religions and cultures after deadly shootings of Jewish schoolchildren by a radical Islamist gunman.

An enormous French tricolor flag borne by dozens of marchers waved above the crowd as it snaked away from the Place de la Bastille, birthplace of the French Revolution.

The mayor of Paris and other prominent French figures joined Sunday's march, organized by groups that fight racism and anti-Semitism.

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