How Toronto is showing solidarity with Paris

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The world is still reeling from Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, and people around the world are finding myriad ways to express their grief and anger.

In Toronto, we’ve found both small and very large ways to show solidarity with those impacted by the tragedy in France, and elsewhere.

Vigils

Around 1,000 people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Saturday for a solemn vigil to mourn the dead and wounded in Paris.

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“We feel this tragedy very intensely and it affects us very deeply,” Mayor John Tory said. “You are family, and we feel your pain across the oceans.”

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French Consul General Marc Trouyet thanked Toronto for “standing with all the French people.”

“I’ve been seeing and witnessing the colour of the French flag in the Toronto area, in the CN Tower yesterday. This is dear to our heart to see that we are all standing united facing the barbaric events.”

After the official ceremony, members of the crowd burst into a spontaneous rendition of La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem.

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto sings France’s national anthem during vigil for victims of Paris terror attacks

On Sunday, Mississauga held a vigil of its own to honour victims of many recent terror attacks, not just those in Paris. Sunday’s ceremony also commemorated last week’s bombings in Beirut and Baghdad, as well as April’s assault on Garissa University in Kenya that killed 147 people.

READ MORE: Paris attacks: What we know so far about the victims

“We are here today to show solidarity with the people of Paris, Baghdad, Beirut, and so many other countries around the globe where vile acts of terror have been committed,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “Today, we unequivocally condemn this terrorism and say collectively that we will respond.”

Makeshift memorial

Mourners and well-wishers are laying flowers and candles at Yonge and Bloor streets, outside the building housing Toronto’s French consulate.

Sporting silence

On Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs commemorated the attacks as well with a pre-game moment of silence as the ice was lit in French colours. Singer Mason Greer also sang O Canada entirely in French.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and fans marked a moment of silence in support of France and Paris on Saturday.

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The Leafs’ Sunday game in New York also featured a moment of silence, unfortunately disrupted when one fan yelled “Let’s go, Rangers!” Mercifully, multiple fans responded with “Shhh” or just “Shut up!”

Tricolore landmarks

After the attacks, landmarks around the world were lit up in the colours of the French flag. The Sydney Opera House, Brandenburg Gate and The London Eye were just a few bathed in blue, white and red.

WATCH ABOVE: The CN Tower was lit up in red, white and blue to honour the victims of the tragic attacks in Paris.

Toronto was no exception as both the CN Tower and TORONTO sign at Nathan Phillips Square adopted the French colours.

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