The deaths of 17 people in last week’s awful terrorist attack in France produced something extraordinary yesterday.
Across the world people joined together to mark their solidarity with France in its moment of crisis.
Cities including Newcastle held marches and rallies, sending a message to the terrorists that we will not be cowed.
The largest demonstration of all – an estimated million strong – was, of course, in Paris, the city where the terrorists struck on Wednesday.
The people in the crowd broke into spontaneous ripples of applause, they chanted “Charlie, Charlie” and they sang the Marseillaise in a gentle murmur rather than a rugby ground roar. It was quite something.
And at the front, the world leaders, including the leaders of Israel and Palestine, in a line of linked arms.
A terrible week. An amazing day.