France has turned off its lights to commemorate the victims of the Friday terrorist attacks that left at least 127 people dead in Paris. The move was heavily symbolic: Paris is known as the "City of Light", both because it was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting and because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment.
Meanwhile, landmark buildings throughout the rest of the world were lit up in blue, white and red in a sign of honor and support, media reports said.The three colors are said to represent the traditional blue and red of Paris along with white, which was the color of the state or the royal family. They are also associated with the values of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
In particular, the Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House and the CN Tower in Toronto were illuminated in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with all those who were affected by the horrendous attacks.
Separately, the Washington Capitals hockey team decided to project the colors of the French flag inside their stadium in Washington, D.C.
Brazil’s Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, the home of the soccer team S.C. Internacional, was also lit in blue, white and red.
Meanwhile, police have said that two of seven terrorists responsible for Friday's deadly attacks in Paris have been identified. One of them was found to be a Syrian, while another was a French national, officials said.
Earlier, a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the Paris suicide bombers, police said Saturday.
Friday's series of attacks was the worst terrorist incident in French history. On Saturday, French President Francois Hollande declared a three-day national period of mourning.
Earlier, he slammed the Friday attacks as an "act of war", which he claimed was staged by the Islamic State.