World sings in solidarity with France
Stirring renditions of “La Marseillaise” rang out Saturday from Dublin to New York as global landmarks were bathed in the French colors and thousands marched in solidarity with Paris after attacks that left at least 129 dead.
Monuments from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to One World Trade Center in New York were adorned with France’s red, white and blue, while the “Peace for Paris” symbol combining the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower with the peace sign of the 1960s went viral online.
New York’s Metropolitan Opera led by star tenor Placido Domingo mourned the victims of France’s worst-ever such attacks with an unscheduled performance of the distinctive French national anthem.
Outside, some 2,000 gathered in Manhattan to sing their own version in Washington Park Square, while in the US capital, French expatriates came together in Lafayette Square, named after a famous Frenchman from the US war of independence, to mourn.
“France is not a race, France is not a religion, France is not an ethnic group, France is a will to live together,” French Ambassador Gerard Araud told the crowd.
Singer Madonna paid a tearful tribute to the victims on stage by singing the classic French song “La vie en rose,” accompanied only by a guitar, during a concert in Stockholm.
A Twitter campaign has begun encouraging notoriously tribal England football fans to join with French traveling supporters in singing “La Marsellaise” before the kick-off in Tuesday’s friendly match between both countries.