One week on, Paris to make ‘noise and light’ to commemorate victims

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, Paris
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2015 18:25 IST
The Hotel Les Invalides, which houses a plethor of museums and monuments related to France’s military history. France has announced that a national remembrance ceremony honouring the victims of the Paris attacks will be held at the iconic location. (Photo courtesy: Musee de l’Armee Invalides official website)

As a sullen silence continues to pervade Paris – often broken by sirens of police and ambulance vans – a group of ‘anonymous citizens, free individuals’ has called upon people to make ‘noise and light’ at 2120 hours to mark that one week has passed since the Friday attacks that killed 129.

Their message swept across social media: “A week later, turn on lights and candles occupying our cafés, our streets, our streets, our cities, do they hate to hear this music. Let the noise and light so that they understand they have lost”.

“We will do this simple act together, here, there, to demonstrate, again, that culture will continue to shine and shine the light of hope and brotherhood”, the message with the hashtag #2120 said.

Several people are expected at the Paris locations that were attacked by the Islamic State, including the Le Carillon bar and restaurant, and the Bataclan theatre.

The iconic Place de la Republique continued to be the focus of individual and collective mourning as people come to terms with the new reality of fear. Thousands of people have left flowers, cards with emotional messages and lit candles at the venue with a large media presence.

A girl takes a picture from the banks of the River Seine of the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the French national colours red, white and blue in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks last Friday, in Paris. (AP Photo)

The message went on: “They wanted to turn off our lights, those that move to the rhythm of music, those who sometimes say after our cigarettes, those reflected in our shared glasses. They wanted to turn the lives of terraces, lifestyle weekend in Paris”.

“They dynamited Palmyra and Syria Nimrod, they machine-gunned the Bataclan and what makes France…Faced with indiscriminate violence…we will stand up to defend our values of freedom”.

France also announced plans for a national remembrance ceremony honouring each of the 129 victims, at Les Invalides in Paris next Friday. Republican Guards will carry a photograph of every victim and all families are invited.

Les Invalides is one Paris’ iconic locations, housing museums and monuments related to French military history.

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