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Eiffel Tower to be lit in US colours after Orlando killings

Eiffel Tower to be lit in US colours after Orlando killings

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower will be lit up Monday night in the red, white and blue of the US flag in solidarity with the victims of the shootings in Orlando, Paris city hall announced.

City hall will also raise the Stars and Stripes and the rainbow flag of the gay community, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said, expressing her “compassion, solidarity and affection” for the American people after the massacre.

On Monday, Paris councillors observed a minute of silence for the victims of the attack, in which 50 people were killed.

The French football team also tweeted a message of support, along with a picture of a ribbon combining the colours of the US and rainbow flags.

“Sometimes football counts for little. Thoughts for #Orlando,” the team which is among 24 competing at the Euro 2016 championships in France wrote, adding in English “Together we stand.”

The planned light tribute at the Eiffel Tower recalls the global show of solidarity with the French after the jihadist carnage in Paris in November.

In the aftermath of the attacks, monuments from One World Trade Center in New York to the Sydney Opera House in Australia clad themselves in the colours of the French flag.Utv-Line

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