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[PHOTOS] NYC shows solidarity with Paris following terrorist attacks

By Lexi Faunce and Christine Wang

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Hundreds gathered in Washington Square Park on Saturday, waving French flags and signs of solidarity with Paris.

Paris was struck with an immense tragedy Friday night after a group of terrorists killed 129 people and wounded over 300 more. The assailants coordinated six different attacks around the capital, targeting concert-goers, soccer fans and cafe diners.

The attacks began at the Stade de France during a soccer match between the German and French national teams. The French President, François Hollande, was immediately evacuated from the stadium following the initial explosion outside the sports stadium.

In addition, a mass shooting broke out at the Bataclan, a French concert hall. Over 100 hostages were taken and later killed by the attackers.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has since claimed responsibility for the heartbreaking atrocities in Paris. In response, Hollande has closed French borders and declared three days of national mourning.  

Numerous cities across the world have shown their support for those who have lost their lives and continue to stand in solidarity with the French people.

More than 70 New Yorkers gathered in Union Square last night for a vigil commemorating those who have lost their lives.

GSAS student Louis Rollet attended the vigil after discovering it via Facebook. Rollet said the attacks will have major domestic and international political consequences, but he is thankful for the safety of his friends and his family members in Paris.   

“A friend of mine who lives like one block away from the first attack called me right away when it happened,” Rollet said. “Everybody’s safe on my part, all of my family and friends. I’m happy for that.”

New Yorkers continued to show their support Saturday afternoon during a rally in Washington Square Park. People from all over the city gathered, framed by the arch and the freedom tower, while Parisians sang the national anthem. French flags and Eiffel Tower peace signs waved in the crowd.

Supporters huddled around two posters taped to the ground, leaving emotional notes in various languages and messages such as, “They will not win!”

A young boy walked around wide-eyed, one hand clinging to his mom with the other holding a drawing of the Eiffel Tower. A man with “Republique Francaise” on his crewneck stood over the posters with anguish visible on his face.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the crowd to stay strong during this moment of sorrow. De Blasio also said NYPD presence will increase in the city’s busiest areas during the following days.

“We should continue our lives as normal and we will not be intimidated by terrorists,” de Blasio said.

Additional reporting by Anne Cruz.

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About the Contributors
Lexi Faunce, Investigative Editor
Lexi Faunce is a junior studying journalism and politics, and she will be joining WSN this semester as the Investigative News Editor. She hails from the glamorous town of Gainesville, Florida (also known as Tim Tebow Land). When everyone else is out trying to score Hamilton tickets, you can catch her watching the Gators demolish the...
Christine Wang, Deputy News Editor
Christine is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science majoring in philosophy and also something that will hopefully make her a living post-graduation. She can often be found giggling at cat videos, snacking on packaged  cheese, or answering emails at 4am. She has lived in the Bay Area for the most part of...
Alex Bazeley, Editor-In-Chief
Alex Bazeley is the Editor-in-Chief for the Washington Square News. Hailing from Oakland, he is a junior studying journalism and metropolitan studies. He is a major league coffee drinker and a minor league writer. Hit him with a follow on Twitter for consistently mediocre content across the board.
Anne Cruz, Abroad Editor
Anne Cruz is the Abroad Editor for the Washington Square News. She is a junior from Orange County, CA studying journalism and politics and minoring in French. She loves judging couples on HGTV shows for their life choices and rock climbing. She tweets, but mostly to alert the local media about cute dogs.
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