The immense march of French citizens in Paris and across the land, ancestral home to so many of us in Louisiana, is both heart-wrenching as well as encouraging.
The French are not going to buckle under to terrorists like the gunmen who attacked a satirical newspaper and a kosher market in the capital.
Yet they mourn the loss of innocent lives as well as the underlying tensions in their society with Muslim immigrants who do not assimilate well, if at all, to the French way of life. The series of attacks on French Jews in recent years is another element in this time of troubles.
Nous sommes Charlie, today. As the marchers showed, France is forever.