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Around the World, Solidarity with Paris

  • Molly McKitterick

Flags over the American capitol flew at half staff Sunday as a tribute to the 132 victims of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris at a nightclub, sports stadium and several restaurants.

Washingtonians also paid their respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the French embassy, leaving flowers and bottles of wine in tribute – and lighting candles. Similar scenes took place at French embassies around the world in Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow and Prague, among others.

As many as 20,000 people gathered in front of the French embassy in Copenhagan, Denmark to show their respect for the victims of the attacks

Among the dead in Paris was at least one American as well foreign nationals from at least 13 other countries around the world. A number of the people killed were from Muslim countries, including Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Portugal lost two of its citizens. One was a driver who had just dropped off passengers at the Stade de France. South Americans from Chile and Mexico died in the attacks. Two Brazilians were wounded. Two Romanians were killed as well as people from Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

The world mourned with the French on Sunday.

In Jerusalem, the old city walls appeared in red, white and blue, the colors of the French flag. Similarly, the world’s tallest building in Dubai – the Burj Khalifa – was capped with red, white and blue lights. Bratislava castle wore horizontal red, white and blue stripes. Those on Tokyo’s Skytree and Bogota’s Colpatria tower were stacked up vertically.

But the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris was a black tower as its lights were turned off. The lights of the Trevi Fountain in Rome also were off.

In Milan, Italy an electronic billboard read “Je Suis Paris.”

Five thousand people marched in silence in Montreal, Canada. “We will not cede to intimidation,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre broke the silence to cheers when the marchers arrived at the French consulate. “We will protect our values of democracy and freedom, and form a common front against hate and intolerance.”

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