Sympathy for Paris takes over social media

- People all over the globe are taking to social media to express their solidarity with the French after deadly terror attacks occurred in Paris on Friday that left 127 dead from shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's stadium, and a massacre inside a concert hall.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users are posting photos of public buildings lit up in the French colors of red and white. They are also sharing vacation photos, teardrops and a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower as its center to share their grief over the tragedy.

Lights on the Eiffel Tower, the beacon of the city of light, went black in memory of the dead. Several people also offered montages of the hues of the Tricolor, the French flag and One World Trade Center in New York.

The images and sentiment shared under hashtags, #PrayforParis and #ParisAttacks, mirrored the outpouring of emotion that followed the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January.

Alongside conveying sympathy for those in Paris, many people are posting "have-you-seen-me? photos of friend and family missing since the attacks.

Bryan Clement, a 19-year-old student in Nancy, said the posts were similar to the posters, flyers and photos plastered around New York in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, but "now it's digital." He says, "now everyone can help with the search."

French President Francois Hollande has been on the phone all day with other world leaders to let them know the Friday night attacks will be a "top priority" on the G-20 agenda for the Sunday G-20 summit meeting.

President Obama recently made remarks on the attacks in Paris, saying "We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government at the people of France need to respond. We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice."

 

 

 

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