Paris Mourns and Remembers as Eiffel Tower Goes Dark
Famed Eiffel Tower in Paris Darkens in Memory of Fallen
PARIS – The lights of the famed Eiffel Tower went dark tonight in honour and remembrance of the murdered and wounded in the attack in Paris on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Tonight Mayor Anne Hidalgo said, “To mark its solidarity with the victims, and the total condemnation of this attack. With all elected representatives of Paris, I call on all Republicans and freedom advocates to gather in contemplation, solidarity and silently , Republic Square, Thursday at 18pm.”
“France is heart-stricken, every French citizen is horrified”, Manuel Valls declared following the terrorist attack on the office of newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015. The President of the Republic held a meeting with the ministers and officials directly concerned by the protection of the French people at 2pm at the Elysée Palace. The Prime Minister has increased the Vigipirate plan to “attack alert” level in the Île-de-France region.
From Thursday night’s events in Paris, mourners gathered to send a message of strength and resilience to the world. Paris is standing strong.
Thunder Bay, Ontario Mayor Keith Hobbs says, “I love the way France is sending a message to terrorists. The power of the pen will always be stronger than the power of bullets”.