Social media and lighted landmarks help world support France

Photo of profile picture with French colors

Facebook profile with French colors – in solidarity

The world took to social media to express outrage at the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, and to support France and freedom everywhere. In solidarity, many people shared pictures of themselves living in or visiting France and updated their profile picture with the French flag colors of blue, white and red.

Jean Jullien’s “Peace for Paris” image using the Eiffel Tower and the international peace sign captured the world’s emotions and quickly “went viral:”

Social media also provided information about safety (with Facebook’s Safety Check tool), shelter (with the hashtag #PorteOuverte or “open door”), and canceled flights (with the hashtag #StrandedInUS), according to this New York Times article.

As the Eiffel Tower turned off its lights for three days of official mourning and respect, other famous world landmarks lit  France’s tricolors, including One World Trade Center at the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City. See more information in this NBC News article.

In the Pacific Northwest, Century Link Field shined with France:

You can see many more world landmarks shining in solidarity in this Facebook post from Pulptastic:

Even though we are long distances and times apart, social media continues to connect people around the world and can comfort and show support in times of tragedy and crisis. #PrayforParis