Nice attacks remembered as world buildings light up in French colours

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  • Famous landmarks including the London Eye and the Eiffel Tower were illuminated in blue, white and red
  • Other iconic buildings in New York City, Manchester, Istanbul, Warsaw and Poznan were lit up in the tricolour 
  • Emotional vigil was held in Nice – close to where terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed more than 80 people
  • President Barack Obama condemns ‘horrific terrorist attack’ in ‘strongest terms’ and praises French values  

By

Abe Hawken

and
Chris Summers For Mailonline


Published:
03:00 EST, 15 July 2016

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Updated:
08:55 EST, 16 July 2016

The world united last night as iconic buildings around the globe were lit up in the colours of the French tricolour to show solidarity following the tragic Bastille Day attack.

Famous landmarks including the London Eye, the Eiffel Tower and the Helmsley Building in New York City were illuminated in blue, white and red – the colours of the French flag. 

The unity was shown after an ISIS trucker killed at least 84 people – including 10 children – by ploughing into those who had gathered to celebrate France’s National Day in Nice.

Buildings in Dallas, New York, Mexico City, Brisbane and Istanbul were lit up while an emotional vigil was held close to where the attack took place on the famous Promenades des Anglais.

The London Eye was illuminated in the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with victims of the Bastille Day tragedy this week

The London Eye was illuminated in the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with victims of the Bastille Day tragedy this week

The French National Assembly in Paris was lit up in blue, white and red following the atrocity which took place in Nice on Thursday night

The French National Assembly in Paris was lit up in blue, white and red following the atrocity which took place in Nice on Thursday night

The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris lit up the French capital after being illuminated with the blue, white and red colours from the flag on Friday night

The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris lit up the French capital after being illuminated with the blue, white and red colours from the flag on Friday night

Wembley Stadium in London was also lit up by the colours of the French flag to show support for the victims of the horrific attack in Nice

Wembley Stadium in London was also lit up by the colours of the French flag to show support for the victims of the horrific attack in Nice

People gathered to look at Istanbul's skyline in Turkey and to show support for France as the Bosphorus Bridge was lit in the colours of the French flag

People gathered to look at Istanbul’s skyline in Turkey and to show support for France as the Bosphorus Bridge was lit in the colours of the French flag

Manchester Town Hall was also lit up in the French tricolore on Friday night in a show of solidarity with the people of France

Manchester Town Hall was also lit up in the French tricolore on Friday night in a show of solidarity with the people of France

The Helmsley Building in New York City was also lit up by the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with the people of France following the attack in Nice on Thursday night

The Helmsley Building in New York City was also lit up by the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with the people of France following the attack in Nice on Thursday night

The City Hall in Poznan, Poland, was illuminated in the colours of the French flag on Friday night in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France

The City Hall in Poznan, Poland, was illuminated in the colours of the French flag on Friday night in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France

The French national colourrs were projected onto the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, to show support for the victims in Nice

The French national colourrs were projected onto the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, to show support for the victims in Nice

The Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower in Georgia was illuminated in the French national flag colours  to pay tribute to the victims of the attack in Nice

The Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower in Georgia was illuminated in the French national flag colours to pay tribute to the victims of the attack in Nice

Two people were sat down as they looked at the the French flag which had illuminated the Tel Aviv City Hall in Israel on Friday night

Two people were sat down as they looked at the the French flag which had illuminated the Tel Aviv City Hall in Israel on Friday night

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The Penshaw Monument in Sunderland shows its support for the victims of the Bastille Day attack with after the landmark was illuminated by the colours of the French flag

The Penshaw Monument in Sunderland shows its support for the victims of the Bastille Day attack with after the landmark was illuminated by the colours of the French flag

Two men walk past the Athens' town hall, illuminated in the colours of the French flag, in Greece on Friday night 

Two men walk past the Athens’ town hall, illuminated in the colours of the French flag, in Greece on Friday night 

The Gateshead Millennium bridge over the river Tyne in Newcastle was lit up in the colours of the tricolore, showing support and solidarity for the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice

The Gateshead Millennium bridge over the river Tyne in Newcastle was lit up in the colours of the tricolore, showing support and solidarity for the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice

Rome's city hall, Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), is lit up in blue, white and red - the colours of the French flag - in tribute to the victims of Nice

Rome’s city hall, Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), is lit up in blue, white and red – the colours of the French flag – in tribute to the victims of Nice

The Senate building in the Mexican capital, Mexico City, was lit up in like the French tricolour to show support for the Bastille Day victims

The Senate building in the Mexican capital, Mexico City, was lit up in like the French tricolour to show support for the Bastille Day victims

Germany paid tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack outside the French Embassy in the country's capital of Berlin

Germany paid tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack outside the French Embassy in the country’s capital of Berlin

People attend a vigil held for the victims of the attack in the French city of Nice, in Hong Kong on Saturday 

People attend a vigil held for the victims of the attack in the French city of Nice, in Hong Kong on Saturday 

A giant tricolour flag was spotted being flown at half mast at the French Embassy in London to remember the victims of the Bastille Day attack on Thursday

A giant tricolour flag was spotted being flown at half mast at the French Embassy in London to remember the victims of the Bastille Day attack on Thursday

A cinema in the Belgian capital, Brussels, put up a special message on its electronic noticeboard, usually used to advertise films

A cinema in the Belgian capital, Brussels, put up a special message on its electronic noticeboard, usually used to advertise films

Meanwhile, part of the normally bustling city of Nice fell almost silent as mourners came together last night, exactly 24 hours after the latest terror attack to hit the country.

The mood was sombre as people stood or knelt around a makeshift memorial dotted with candles and messages of solidarity with the dead and injured.

With the Promenade des Anglais – the scene of the attack – closed to the public and police standing guard, people gathered nearby in remembrance.

In an apparent show of defiance, some broke into an impromptu rendition of the French national anthem La Marseillaise, holding their hands in the air as they sang.

Among the messages left at the memorial were ‘We are not scared’ and ‘Love conquers hate’.

Some people wiped away tears while others simply stared at the flowers and tributes before moving on in silence.

The surrounding streets, where there are many hotels and shops, were quiet, with a taxi driver saying it was ‘much calmer’ than normal for a Friday evening.

The show of solidarity for the victims in Nice comes as world leaders condemned the shocking attack, carried out by 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. 

US President Barack Obama has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ the ‘horrific terrorist attack’.

Obama said: ‘On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France and inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.’ 

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would redouble its efforts to defeat ‘brutal’ terrorist ‘murderers’ after the ‘horrifying’ attack in Nice and she said Britain stood ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with France. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump postponed plans to announce his running mate because of the attack and said: ‘This is war. If you look at it, this is war coming from all different parts. And frankly it’s war and we’re dealing with people without uniforms.’

His rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton reacted more soberly, saying it was an assault on ‘one of our closest allies in Europe, attacking families celebrating the history and culture of their country on Bastille Day’.

People attended a candle-lit vigil on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice last night, little more than 24 hours after terrorist Mohamed Bouhlel massacred more than 80 in a truck

People attended a candle-lit vigil on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice last night, little more than 24 hours after terrorist Mohamed Bouhlel massacred more than 80 in a truck

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An emotional man attended the vigil in Nice on Friday night and looked down at the flowers which had been left near the scene

An emotional man attended the vigil in Nice on Friday night and looked down at the flowers which had been left near the scene

Women lit candles as they sat down near the scene in Nice - close to wear a terrorist killed more than 80 people on Thursday night

Women lit candles as they sat down near the scene in Nice – close to wear a terrorist killed more than 80 people on Thursday night

One woman began crying after attending the vigil in Nice to show support for the victims who were killed on Thursday evening

One woman began crying after attending the vigil in Nice to show support for the victims who were killed on Thursday evening

People attended a candle-lit vigil on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice and left flowers and messages following the brutal attack

People attended a candle-lit vigil on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice and left flowers and messages following the brutal attack

Mourners are seen at a candlelit vigil at a memorial in Nice after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed more than 80 people on Thursday night

Mourners are seen at a candlelit vigil at a memorial in Nice after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed more than 80 people on Thursday night

She said: ‘This cowardly attack only strengthens our commitment to our alliance and to defeating terrorism around the world.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said on Twitter it was a ‘tragic paradox’ that the victims of the attack in Nice were celebrating ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’ – the founding values of the French Republic – on the country’s national day.

Mr Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland, tweeted a photograph of European and Asian leaders standing in tribute to the Nice victims at a meeting in Mongolia.

The Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said they would take into account the attack in Nice when planning for next week’s national holiday.

He said: ‘We have already taken a certain number of steps in connection with preparations for July 21, as you can imagine, and our security services are permanently evaluating the measures that are necessary.

‘It’s certain that our security services are going to include information resulting from this act committed last night in Nice in their analyses.’

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: ‘Obviously our thoughts are very much with the people of France and Nice after this absolutely appalling incident.’

He said he planned to speak to his French counterpart today and he said: ‘Clearly this is a terrorist incident and represents a continuing threat and we must meet it together.’

David Cameron, who stepped down as Britain’s prime minister earlier this week, tweeted: ‘A sickening and dreadful attack in Nice. I know we stand with the French people and share their values. They (the terrorists) will never defeat us.’

Meanwhile, a host of celebrities including actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Gerard Butler tweeted their support for the victims. 
David Cameron, who stepped down as Britain's Prime Minister earlier this week, tweeted a message and said the terrorists 'shall never defeat us'

David Cameron, who stepped down as Britain’s Prime Minister earlier this week, tweeted a message and said the terrorists ‘shall never defeat us’

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Oscar-winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio also tweeted his support for the 'victims and families' of Nice and added the 'we stand with everyone in France'

Oscar-winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio also tweeted his support for the ‘victims and families’ of Nice and added the ‘we stand with everyone in France’

Pop star Cheryl Fernandez Versini tweeted that she was 'so shocked and saddened' and that her 'heart hurts' following the attack

Pop star Cheryl Fernandez Versini tweeted that she was ‘so shocked and saddened’ and that her ‘heart hurts’ following the attack

Actor Gerard Butler also posted on social media that he is 'dreaming of peace and an end to violence around the world' after the attack

Actor Gerard Butler also posted on social media that he is ‘dreaming of peace and an end to violence around the world’ after the attack

Singer Ellie Goulding posted that she was 'sending love to Nice, France' after the horrific attack which left more than 80 people dead

Singer Ellie Goulding posted that she was ‘sending love to Nice, France’ after the horrific attack which left more than 80 people dead

Socialite Kim Kardashian West wrote on Twitter that her 'heart goes out to everyone in Nice' after seeing the news about Thursday attack

Socialite Kim Kardashian West wrote on Twitter that her ‘heart goes out to everyone in Nice’ after seeing the news about Thursday attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video message that Germany stood on the side of France and her Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the attack was ‘incomprehensible and simply awful’.

He said: ‘Our friendship with the French people will become even deeper in mourning, anger and determination.’

A French tricolour was flying from the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said: ‘We mourn for the victims of another murderous act of terror in France overnight, on Bastille Day.’

The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning the ‘barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack’ and underlined ‘the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice’.

US secretary of state John Kerry said: ‘I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy. We will provide whatever support is needed.’

Brendan Cox, the husband of British MP Jo Cox, whose funeral is taking place today, tweeted: ‘Jo would ask us not to fight hate with hate but draw together to drain the swamp that extremism breeds in. Thinking of all victims of hatred today.’

Armed police outside the French embassy in London
A woman lights a candle outside the French embassy in London

Armed police stand guard outside the French embassy in London (left) as a woman lights a candle at a makeshift shrine to the victims of the Bastille Day massacre in Nice (right) 

French citizens in Australia wept as they sang their country's national anthem, the Marseillaise, during a vigil in Sydney in honour of those who died in Nice

French citizens in Australia wept as they sang their country’s national anthem, the Marseillaise, during a vigil in Sydney in honour of those who died in Nice

European Union flags are flying at half mast at the European Commission building in Brussels to honour the victims of the Nice massacre

European Union flags are flying at half mast at the European Commission building in Brussels to honour the victims of the Nice massacre

A young woman cries as she stands in front of the French Embassy in Berlin after the deadly attacks in Nice
Flowers in the colours of the French tricolour left outside the French embassy in Berlin

A young woman weeps (left) outside the French embassy in Berlin, where someone left flowers in the colours of the French flag (right)

People lay flowers outside the French consulate in Manhattan, New York City, as a tribute to the Nice victims

People lay flowers outside the French consulate in Manhattan, New York City, as a tribute to the Nice victims

Catalan politicians and officials hold a minute's for the Nice victims outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona

Catalan politicians and officials hold a minute’s for the Nice victims outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona

 

 

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