PARIS, France– The Eiffel Tower is shining in the colors of a rainbow Monday night, to honor victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay club. Paris City Hall began paying respects in the afternoon with a display of American and rainbow flags, while French President Francois Hollande condemned the mass killing as an attack on freedom. He vowed to toughen the fight against terrorism “at the side of the American people.”
“It’s America that was hit but freedom that was targeted,” Hollande said after signing a book of condolences at the U.S. Embassy, “freedom to choose one’s sexual orientation, the freedom to determine one’s way of life.”
France feels deeply the horror of deadly attacks after the November terror attacks on a music hall, restaurants and bars and the main sports stadium killed 130. That was preceded by attacks on a satirical newspaper and a kosher grocery store. All were claimed by the Islamic State group.