PARIS (AP) — Social media is awash with public buildings lit up in the French colors of red, white as people globally expressed their solidarity with the French after deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Users of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram shared vacation photos, teardrops and a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower as its center as they shared their grief over the tragedy.
People posted the poignant video of the Eiffel Tower — the beacon of the city of light — going to black in memory of the dead. They also offered montages of the hues of the Tricolor, the French flag, on to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil and One World Trade Center in New York.
The images and sentiment, shared under hashtags #prayforparis or #parisattacks, mirrored the outpouring of emotion that followed the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January.
London’s Tower Bridge will be illuminated in the colors of France’s flag as the city joins other capitals in lighting landmarks to show solidarity with the 127 victims of the terror attacks in Paris.
A fireworks display set for Saturday night was also cancelled as a mark of respect for the French. The City of London Corporation, which is organizing the display, says it is “time for a show of solidarity with the victims of an atrocious terrorist attack and not a time for celebrations.”
Flags at several prominent structures in London, including the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street, flew flags at half-staff. Flowers and candles were also placed at the French Embassy.
Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro have also illuminated buildings in the red, white and blue of the Tricolor.