The three colours of the national flag – blue, white and red – are said to recall the principles of the French revolution: freedom, equality and fraternity.
Premier Jay Weatherill – scheduled to jet to Paris at the end of the month for a climate summit – announced the gesture on social media yesterday, and it was one shared across the nation and worldwide, with iconic buildings and monuments lit up in honour of those same values and those who died in a horrific spate of terror attacks.
It is not clear how the attacks will affect arrangements for the top-level climate conference, or if Weatherill and others will still attend.
An attack on all of humanity…
World leaders have expressed shock and outrage at the terrorist attacks that have killed more than 150 people in Paris.
US President Barack Obama has called the violence in the French capital “an attack on all of humanity”.
“Those who think they can terrorise the people of France and the values they stand for are wrong,” he told a news conference.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed the UK will do “whatever we can to help” following the attacks.
German chancellor Angela Merkel was “deeply shocked” by the attacks, and conveyed her sympathy and solidarity, the foreign ministry in Berlin said.
More images from cities around the world standing in solidarity with the people of France after Paris attacks. pic.twitter.com/HgaoIJOf5M
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “despicable terrorist attacks”.
“He stands with the government and people of France,” his spokesman said.
The UN Security Council also condemned what it called “the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences and called for “a consensus of the international community against terrorism”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country stood “shoulder to shoulder” with France in the “war against terrorism” after the attacks.
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