‘Peace for Paris’ symbol: Peace For Paris Symbol
Published: November 14, 2015
‘Peace for Paris’ symbol: Peace For Paris Symbol, In the wake of Friday night’s Paris attacks, which left at least 128 people dead in six incidents around the city, one poignant sketch began circulating social media to honor the victims.
The symbol, including Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower in the form of a peace sign, shows solidarity with the French capital and has been shared widely along with the hashtags #PrayforParis and #jesuisparis. Instagram has credited the user @jean_jullien for creating the sketch and confirmed to TIME that he drew it in response to the Paris attacks.
As Paris mourned those killed in yesterday’s terror attacks, across the rest of the world monuments, famous buildings and notable towers took on their own Tricolore hue – lighting up in blue, white and red in solidarity with France.
In Sydney, Australia, the famous Opera House was bathed in the colours of the French national flag, while in New York the One World Trade Centre in New York had its 408ft spire transformed with the coloured lights.
And from New York to New Zealand, members of the public flocked to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the atrocities in the French capital, while millions more shared messages of solidarity on social media using hashtags such as #prayforParis and #JeSuisParis.
‘Today, and in the days ahead, New York will light One World Trade Center in blue, white and red as we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of France,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
‘We join them in mourning those who were killed and in praying for those who were injured or lost loved ones. And we continue to stand side by side with them in our commitment to a free and peaceful world.’
Other US buildings also lit themselves in the colors of the French flag, including city hall in San Francisco and the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
The CN Tower in Toronto and the Mexican Independence Angel were also illuminated with red, white and blue lights in recognition of the tragedy, and Tower Bridge in London followed suite as the sun sets this evening.
Wembley Stadium – which will host the French national football team on Tuesday – and the London Eye will also be illuminated in red, white and blue, but a fireworks display, timed to coincide with the Lord Mayor’s Show was cancelled.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas the scale model of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris casino and hotel also went dark out of respect.
The original Eiffel Tower, which turned its lights off in January after the attack on staff at the Charlie Hebdo magazine, was closed to visitors today, as the area underneath the attraction was patrolled by soldiers from the French army.
A statement on its official website said: ‘The Eiffel Tower is currently closed. Thank you for your understanding.’
In Sydney, Australia, hundreds took to the streets waving French flags and holding banners proudly proclaiming ‘We are all Parisians’, and in Auckland, New Zealand, candles were placed alongside a poster reading ‘Auckland With Paris’.
In New York, French expats gathered in Union Square to express their solidarity with their compatriots.
Some of the 50 or so demonstrators carried handmade signs reading ‘Don’t be afraid,’ and ‘Pray for Paris,’ as they stood together in silence.
‘It’s very hard not to be in Paris at this moment,’ said Anais Bourrut-Lacouture, 22, a business student.
And in Moscow – where many Russians are still mourning the loss of 224 holidaymakers killed when a plane flying from Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh crashed in a suspected terror attack last month – huge bouquets of flowers were piled up outside the French Embassy.
Celebrities, world leaders and civilians also united in solidarity with those in Paris in the aftermath of the worst atrocity in France in decades.
Miles away from the horror of the terror attacks, people were logging on to social media sites to share their shock at the events which unfolded on a Friday night in the French capital.
Hashtags including #PrayforParis, #JeSuisParis and #StandWithParis were flooding Twitter as people across the globe tried to process the trauma.
A sketch of the Eiffel Tower as a peace sign was circulating after it was posted on Instagram by users including Sir Elton John, One Direction singer Harry Styles, pop stars Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, and chef Jamie Oliver.
The site credited the image to Jean Jullien, who captioned it ‘Peace for Paris’, while Instagram used it alongside a different version of the hashtag that became widely used after the Charlie Hebdo killings in January, posting #jesuisparis.
Sir Elton wrote: ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr.’
David Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of the sun rising over Paris and wrote: ‘As the sun rises in this beautiful city we remember the people that have died and the families that have lost loved ones… Our thoughts are with you all… PrayForParis.’
Other images being shared include a black peace ribbon laid over the French flag, a pair of hands clasped together in prayer around the Eiffel Tower, and a montage of famous landmarks emblazoned in blue, white and red.
On Friday night the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which translates as Door Open, was being used to help people out in the city’s streets to safety. The city remains in lockdown, with the country’s schools and universities, which often open on Saturdays, ordered to remain closed.
Facebook enabled a safety check feature called Paris Terror Attacks to allow people to let their friends know they are safe, or to try to locate people they know in the city.
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