In what is likely a result of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, the Eiffel Tower has turned off its lights. We can only assume its symbolic and equivalent to flying a flag at half staff, as the country — like the rest of the world — is in mourning after at least 127 people were killed.
Paris’ EarthCam shows that at approximately 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 13, the Eiffel Tower turned off its lights. This happened after Paris came under attack, during which at least 153 people were killed by deadly terrorists. Plus, former Vice President Al Gore cancelled his 24-hour climate telethon, which was going on in the iconic monument at the time of the attacks.
It seems appropriate for the Eiffel Tower to turn of its lights as the country is in mourning. So many Parisians were killed in deadly attacks on the monument’s soil. And Al Gore pulled the plug on his telethon, five hours into the 24-hour event. Elton John and Bon Jovi were slated to play at the event, and Duran Duran had already performed before the attacks, according to The Wrap.
“Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France,” Al Gore said in a statement, following the attacks. “We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured.”
At this time, it’s not clear how long the Eiffel Tower will keep its lights off, but we can imagine it’ll be quite some time before they turn them back on.
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Our thoughts remain with the friends and families of the victims in these horrific terrorist attacks.
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