Signs are displayed with candles during a vigil honoring the victims of Paris attacks, in Hong Kong, China November 14, 2015. © Bobby Yip / Reuters
The unprecedented tragedy has shocked the world. People from around the globe sent their condolences and brought flowers to French embassies.
In solidarity against the violence, crowds of French football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’, the French National Anthem, as they were evacuated from the Stade de France during a series of attacks that rocked Paris on November 13.
“Peace for Paris”, an illustration by the French graphic designer Jean Jullien, has been widely shared on social media in the wake of the tragedy. The iconic Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of support for people worldwide, many unable to get to grips with what happened.
A hashtag #portesouvertes (“open doors”) was created on Twitter, with Parisians offering a place to stay for people who were evacuated from the sites of the attacks. In the US, some used the hashtag #strandedinUS to offer shelter for those who were unable to return to France.
Rue Saint Maur in the 11th arrondissement, we have room for you #PorteOuverte
— Benoît Jaubert (@benoitjaubert) November 14, 2015
Friends and relatives took to social platforms in a desperate search for loved ones feared to have been at the sites of the attacks. Facebook has been praised for offering its “Safety Check” feature to allow users to mark themselves safe if they listed Paris as their location. This made it easier for others to find out quickly if everything was OK with their colleagues and friends.
With metro lines shut down and a state of emergency declared in the French capital, some people simply had no means of getting home. Paris Taxi drivers turned off their meters, evacuating people for free after numerous horrifying attacks rocked the capital on Friday night.
Taxi drivers in Paris have turned off the metres and are giving free rides home. Humanity shines through
— Lily Bailey (@LilyBaileyUK) November 13, 2015
Source: RT News
Parisians donating blood en mass in terror attacks aftermath
Mayhem and carnage visited the heart of Europe last night as co-ordinated ISIS-claimed attacks left at least 127 dead and hundreds injured.
But civilians rocked by the second atrocity to hit Paris in the space of a year are now leading the drive for blood donations across social media and opening up their homes to stranded citizens using hastags #DonDusang #PorteOuverte.
— Xavier Marquet (@xaviermarquet) November 14, 2015
The French Blood Transfusion service has received thousands of offers of donations, and many hospitals are now asking people to return later on in the day because the sheer outpouring of support has overwhelmed services.
Notre tweet rediffusé par Préfet de Toulon. Solidarité nationale. Merci à vous https://t.co/DpJSKSXeLr
— Don du Sang Paris (@DonSangParis) November 14, 2015
Queues of several hours are being reported at Pompidou Hospital in the south west of the capital.
— Camille Neveux (@camille_neveux) November 14, 2015
Long line of people queuing to give blood at hospital opposite Le Petit Cambodge restaurant. https://t.co/b1RTHsRTB3
— Tim Chester (@timchester) November 14, 2015
Queue of people waiting to give blood opposite the restaurants where 14 died pic.twitter.com/UA49NCR9TQ
— Robert Nisbet (@MrRobertNisbet) November 14, 2015
There are more than 20 facilities taking blood donations across the French capital, they include the Trinité Hospital, Saint-Louis, Hospital Lariboisiére and the Saint-Antoine Crozatier medical centre.
— Luke Holohan (@Lukeholohan) November 14, 2015
Source: RT News