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World pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks

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People around the world showed their sorrow and solidarity with France on Saturday in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The terrorist attacks we witnessed last night were characterised by hate and contempt for all of humanity. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families

In Rio de Janeiro the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer glowed in the colours of the French flag for three hours, as did the Sydney opera house in Australia where people sang the French national anthem and held a minute’s silence.

Outside the French embassy in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires one woman, Celia Plata, said:

“I was in Paris in 1986 when they placed bombs because of Gaddafi and I think this is a terrorist war against the world. We should all be united.”

In the Iranian capital Tehran people gathered at the French embassy where one of the banners read ‘condolences on behalf of the Iranian people’.

At a vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square candles were lit and people held up signs reading ‘Pray for Paris’.

And in Sweden the Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said:

“Sweden is in mourning with the people of France today. The terrorist attacks we witnessed last night were characterised by hate and contempt for all of humanity. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

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