Paris's Place de la Republique has become the focus of tributes to those killed in a series of violent attacks across France.

Hundreds of thousands gathered at the square on Sunday (11 January) for a silent march to pay respect to the victims of Islamist militant attacks that killed 17 people.

The statue of Marianne, who symbolises the spirit of the French republic, has been bedecked with banners and placards. A giant pencil and a black armband have been added to the three figures on the statue's pedestal, representing Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

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One of the figures at the base of the statue at Place de la Republique holds a giant pencil reading "Je Suis Charlie"Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
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A black armband is tied to a figure adorning the plinth of the statue of MarianneJoel Saget/AFP
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A black X is put across the mouth of a figure to symbolise censorship and the loss of free speechJoel Saget/AFP

But a closer look at the friezes around the base of the monument reveal many smaller, touching tributes to the victims.

The bronze figures hold pens and pencils, protest placards and flowers, to honour the dead – but also to send out a message: Parisians refuse to live in fear.

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Figures on the reliefs surrounding the statue at Place de la Republique hold pencils, the tools of cartoonistsChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Another of the figures holds a pen aloft in a gesture of defianceChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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A placard with a cartoon by cartoonist Plantu is placed amongst a frieze on the statue at the Place de la RepubliqueGonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
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Some of the figures hold placards bearing slogans such as "Je Suis Charlie"Charles Platiau/Reuters
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A placard with "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" written in Norwegian is placed in the frieze as a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks in France and NorwayChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Many of the figures hold flowers as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacksChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Place de la Republique statue
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