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Je suis Orlando: Eiffel Tower leads the world in rainbow tribute after gay club massacre

Nick Duffy June 13, 2016
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The Eiffel Tower is among the landmarks to have lit up in colours of the rainbow flag, in solidarity with the LGBT community after the Orlando terror attacks.

49 people were killed and more than 50 were injured on Monday in the shocking terrorist hate crime attack, which saw a gunman open fire inside The Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida. The victims included a young gay couple who were planning a wedding, but are now to have a joint funeral.

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which was perpetrated by US citizen Omar Mateen. The majority of the victims were Latino.

Paris, which saw its own horrific terror attacks in November when gunmen killed 130 people in a string of incidents, paid a poignant tribute in solidarity.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed that the Eiffel Tower would be lit up in the colours of the rainbow flag.

Mayor Hidalgo tweeted: “Paris stands with Orlando. Tonight, The Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the LGBT colours in honour of the victims #lovewins.”

Paris City hall is also flying the US flag, while it is draped in the colours of the rainbow flag.

She added that the move was meant to show “compassion, solidarity and love”.

It is far from the only place to make a gesture of solidarity.

One World Trade Center, built on the site of the 9/11 attacks, lit up rainbow.

The rainbow flag is flying from Scotland’s Parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon said “Scotland stands in solidarity with the people of Orlando, and LGBTI communities across the world.”

Tel Aviv City Hall instigated a video wall

New Zealand and Australia were among the first to light up landmarks, given their timezone

The White House is flying the US flag at half mast, as it does commonly for mass shootings

The UK’s National Theatre in London lit up in rainbow colours in memory of the victims

Many other smaller cities and towns also paid their respects

RELATED: This young couple were planning a wedding, now they are having a joint funeral

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