Some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks have been illuminated in the colors of the French Flag following the deadly attacks in Paris Friday night that left at least 132 people dead and 350 more injured. Monuments from London to Dubai were lit up in the blue, white, and red colors of the French Flag to show international solidarity with France in a spontaneous reaction to the killings, reported The Guardian.
“The list included London’s Tower Bridge and the London Eye; the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower, and Toronto’s CN Tower.”
In Mexico, the Angel de la Independencia monument was illuminated with the colors of the French Flag, along with the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand; the Burj Al Arab building in Dubai; the Brandenbourg Gate in Berlin; San Francisco City Hall; the High Roller Ferris Wheel on the Las Vegas Strip; the Empire State Building, and the ice at a hockey game in Washington DC, the Daily Mail reported.
“The show of solidarity came as the world comes to terms with the barbaric terror attacks which saw fanatics armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide bombers storm four restaurants, a packed concert hall and the State de France sports stadium in the French capital on Friday evening.”
In addition to global monuments lighting up with the colors of the French Flag, lights were turned off at the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, which has been closed indefinitely in the wake of the attacks. A sketch shared on social media shows the Statue of Liberty – originally a gift from the people of France to the U.S. – weeping as she lay flowers at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Vigils also took place around the world, with large crowds of people gathering to pay their respects to the victims outside the White House in the U.S., at locations across Canada from Montreal to Vancouver, in Barcelona’s consulate general of France, in New York’s Washington Square Park, and in London hundreds gathered in Trafalgar Square Saturday evening to light candles and join in a song while the National Portrait Gallery was illuminated in the blue, white, and red colors of the French Flag, according to The Guardian.
“In Iran, 100 people gathered in front of the French embassy to hold a candlelight vigil.”
Other tributes included a show of support led by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo, who united French football fans in song as they left the Stade de France Friday evening after the attacks, as well as the New York Metropolitan Opera opening its Saturday matinee of Tosca with La Marseillaise. Madonna reportedly asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence at a concert in Stockholm and paid her respects by playing an acoustic version of Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose.
Fifty thousand fans stood in silence at the European Championship football qualifier between Sweden and Denmark, while the lights were also turned off at the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted an image of Paris from space, writing that he was “Shocked and saddened by terrorist attacks on Paris,” adding that he would stand with France from the space station.
On various social media sites, posts with the hashtag #Prayers4Paris decried the attacks and a sketch by artist Jean Jullien showing the Eiffel tower incorporated into a peace symbol became a universal sign of support. On Facebook, users changed their profile pictures to include a tricolor filter in the colors of the French flag. Muslims worldwide also used social media to condemn the massacre in Paris and express outrage, using the hashtag #NotInMyName and quoting a passage from the Qu’ran that states “Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity.”
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