Lights to go out on Eiffel Tower in Paris to honour Quebec City terror attack victims

Jan 30 2017, 7:21 pm

The international community is denouncing a terrorist attack at a mosque in Quebec City last night that killed at least six people and wounded eight others.

In a tweet today, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that the lights on the Eiffel Tower will be turned off as a gesture of solidarity to Canadians and Quebecers. The lights will be extinguished after midnight in a city that has been no stranger to such attacks in recent years.

French President Francois Hollande called the incident an “odious attack” in a tweet. In a separate official statement, he said “it was the Quebecois spirit of peace and openness that the terrorists wanted to harm,” adding that “France stands at the sides of the victims and their families.”

Over in Toronto, the lights at City Hall in downtown will also be switched off in solidarity, according to a tweet by City Councillor Norm Kelly.

Vigils are planned today in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and other Canadian cities.

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