20 world leaders who were kinda hypocritical at the Paris free press march

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Political leaders from around the world took part in a Paris march on Sunday to honor the victims of Islamic militant attacks that rocked France last week and to support freedom of speech.

French President Francois Hollande was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others as leaders called on people of different faiths to join together following several acts of terror, including an anti-Semitic attack in the city's Jewish quarter.


Francois Hollande (left), Angela Merkel (center) and Mahmoud Abbas (right) walk during the march. (Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


But not everyone thinks the leaders are deserving of praise. In a series of tweets, Daniel Wickham, whose profile says he is co-president of the London School of Economic Middle East Society, alleges that not all of the world leaders in attendance have solid records when it comes to protecting free speech in their own countries.


The United States is facing criticism for not having a high-level official in attendance. An Obama administration official reportedly told BuzzFeed that the U.S. ambassador to France was there and that the U.S. is in constant contact with officials for updates.


Emily DeRuy is a Washington, D.C.-based associate editor, covering education, reproductive rights, and inequality. A San Francisco native, she enjoys Giants baseball and misses Philz terribly.

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