World leaders have converged in France for a historic march against terrorism over the recent killing of 12 people in Paris.

Heads of state including Angela Merkel of Germany and David Cameron of the United Kingdom linked arms in a show of solidarity with the grieving nation.

The leaders walked in silence but were met with loud applause by onlookers as they took a stand against extremism. The march began at the Place de la République and will end at the Place de la Nation.

Masked gunmen, Cherif and Said Kouachi stormed the offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, January 7, and at the end of the attack, 12 people were dead.

The Kouachi brothers were also killed on Friday, two days later, after a massive manhunt.