Red, white, blue now colors of solidarity

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NEW YORK: New York lit One World Trade Center, the tallest building in America, red, white and blue in solidarity with France after attackers killed at least 120 people in Paris.

It was a powerful symbol of US friendship and support for the French, made from the tallest building in the United States, which was built on the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York.

Its 408-foot (124-meter) spire is so large it can be seen across much of America’s largest city and across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

“Today, and in the days ahead, New York will light One World Trade Center in blue, white and red as we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of France,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.


“We join them in mourning those who were killed and in praying for those who were injured or lost loved ones. And we continue to stand side by side with them in our commitment to a free and peaceful world.”

The French attacks are among the deadliest in the West since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Other US buildings also lit themselves in the colors of the French flag, including city hall in San Francisco and the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Elsewhere in the city, French expats gathered in Union Square to express their solidarity with their compatriots.

Meanwhile, the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit in red, white and blue on Saturday as Australians express their solidarity with France after series of bloody attacks, officials said.

New South Wales state Premier Mike Baird said he had also asked for a French flag to fly over the city’s famous harbor bridge.

“Turns out, there isn’t one in the country that is big enough,” he wrote on Facebook. “So, if we can’t source one, we are going to make one.”

“We mourn with you, and we stand with you, Paris,” he said.

AFP

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