After a series of Paris attacks last November 13, Friday that left 130 people dead, the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower opens.
Eiffel Tower Opens
Eiffel Tower has opened at 16h20 and illuminated in colors of blue, white and red to symbolize the French flag. In addition, the motto of the City of Paris “Fluctuat nec Mergitur” has also been projected on the deck of the first floor.
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has requested for the Eiffel Tower to be lit this way and for the city’s motto to remain projected on the deck for three nights. This will go on from night fall until 1:00 am. This is in honor of all the victims during the Paris attacks, especially the lives lost.
The organization ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) had claimed responsibility for the series of coordinated Paris attacks that put the French capital in a state of emergency. Most of the casualties came from a shooting at the Bataclan concert hall. Meanwhile, attackers also opened fire at the intersection of rue Alibert and rue Bichat, in the 10th district of Paris as well as outside Cafe Bonne Biere and the restaurant and La Belle Equipe on rue de Charonne. Meanwhile, suicide bombings also occurred outside the Stade de France where a soccer match between France and Germany was taking place. Later on, a suicide bomber also blem himself up at the Comptoir Voltaire cafe.
France has responded to these recent attacks by mobilizing more military troops throughout Paris and doing air raids to ISIL strongholds. In the wake of the Paris attacks, President Obama has said, “This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”