The Eiffel Tower will be lit in France’s national colours from Friday night in tribute to the victims of the Nice truck terrorist attack.
Earlier on Thursday, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated with the colours of the French national flag during the annual Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, on July 14, 2016.
According to a statement released by the Mayor of Paris, the Eiffel Tower will be lit in France’s national colours from Friday in tribute to the victims of the Nice truck attack.
The statement read,
“The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has decided to illuminate the Eiffel Tower in red, white and blue tonight and during the (three-day) period of national mourning.”
The statement added that the illumination would start each night at 10.30pm (20:30 GMT).
Eiffel Tower To be Lit For 3 Nights For Nice Attack Victims
At least 84 people including more than 10 children were killed early on Thursday after a lorry slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice.
Reports say the driver ploughed on for 2km (1.2 miles) on the Promenade des Anglais at about 23:00 local time on Thursday, before being shot dead by police.
Eyewitnesses said the lorry swerved in an apparent attempt to hit more people. Guns and a grenade found inside the lorry were reported to be fakes.
President Francois Hollande, who is in Nice, said the attack was of “an undeniable terrorist nature”.
He said the battle against terrorism would be long as France faced “an enemy who will continue to hit countries who see liberty as their essential value”.
The attack in Nice began shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront for Bastille Day, which is the country’s national holiday.
A state of emergency, in place since November’s Paris attacks carried out by militants from the so-called Islamic State group, in which 130 people died, has been extended by three months.