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The past weekend was marked by massive unity marches all over France sparked by the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the BBC estimates as many as 1.6 million people took part in protests in Paris alone. Cities around the world continue to show their support, and world leaders linked arms during the Paris rally — though US President Barack Obama was notably absent.

Last night The Simpsons joined in with a two-second tribute that cast the family’s eternal baby, Maggie, in a hybrid role that was a combination of Marianne, the national symbol of the French Republic, and Cosette from the original edition of Les Misérables.

But the most nuanced and respectful tribute might have been paid by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who is an artist himself. The political leader sported three colored pencils (blue, white, and red) as a pocket square and honored both the artists killed and France.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s tribute to the victims of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ massacre (photo via ediramaal/Twitter)

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.