It was a quiet, brisk fall morning outside the Consulate of France on St. James Avenue in the Back Bay. The consulate was closed as it would be on any other Saturday, but of course this wasn't an ordinary Saturday.

There was a small but noticeable police presence, with a car stationed outside the building and a second vehicle - a K-9 unit SUV - regularly circling the block. A handful of flower bouquets had been placed outside the consulate, one with a card that read, "We are all Parisians."

In an email to constituents, the French consulate said that a solidarity gathering will take place on Sunday at noon at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common.