Australia expresses solidarity with Paris attack victims

Australia’s landmarks lit up with tricolour to show solidarity with France

Australian landmarks light up with colours of the French flag on Saturday night in solidarity with the people of France after the Paris terror attacks.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore tweeted her support for the French revealing the Town Hall building in Sydney’s CBD will turn blue, white and red.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced the Sydney Opera House will change colour in representation of Australia’s support, and that a French flag will fly over the Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall and Council House in Perth are among the buildings and monuments from around the world lit up to honour the victims of the Paris attack.

The Opera House decision came after it was suggested on Twitter with Baird handle included, and retweeted more than 700 times. He made the announcement in a tweet: ‘Tonight the sails of the Opera House will be lit in the blue, white and red of the French flag.’

Also stating, ‘I’ve asked for French flag to fly over the Harbour Bridge. There isn’t one in the country big enough. If we can’t find one we’ll make one.’

Clover Moore showed her support tweeting ‘Sydney strongly supports the people of Paris at this terrible time. Tonight we will light out Town Hall with the colours of the French flag.’

Australia and New Zealand also held a minute silence during the second Test cricket to show their support.
Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory are set to take time out for a minute silence during Saturday night’s A-league game at Allianz stadium in Sydney.

Adelaide oval, stadium for both cricket and football games and the Riverbank footbridge will be lit after Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill announced the scheduled change.

In Paris, the city’s signature monument, the Eiffel Tower turned off its lights in a symbolic gesture to the victims who lost their lives during the multiple attacks.

The Sydney Town Hall on Nov. 14, 2015, in New South Wales, Australia.
The Sydney Town Hall on Nov. 14, 2015, in New South Wales, Australia.
Council House in Perth, Western Australia
Council House in Perth, Western Australia
Adelaide Oval, Australia
Adelaide Oval, Australia

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