Wembley Stadium lit up in tribute to Paris attacks
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Wembley stadium was lit up in the colours of the French flag this weekend to honour the victims of the terrorist attack that rocked the French capital on Friday evening.
The stadium joined landmark buildings in capital cities across the world to mark their respects for the 129 victims and 350 who were injured in a string of suicide bombings and shootings across Paris.
The display of solidarity included a red, white and blue banner with the French national slogan ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’ (Freedom, Equality and Fraternity).
Wembley stadium’s official social media account tweeted: “Thoughts of everyone at Wembley Stadium are with the people of France at this extremely difficult time.”
FA officials confirmed on Saturday that the England vs France football match at Wembley Stadium would “go ahead as planned” tomorrow evening.
It is also expected that the words of the French national anthem ‘La Marsellaise’ will be displayed on screens ahead of the match and England players will pay an appropriate tribute to those who lost their lives.
Security at Wembley stadium is expected to be tight ahead of the match.
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Fans are being warned to arrive early for the game to allow time for extra security and bag checks.
Two suicide bombers detonated devices outside of the Stade de France- the equivalent of Wembley stadium in Paris- while French President Francois Hollande was amongst crowds of football fans gathered to watch France play Germany on Friday evening.
A third device was detonated outside of a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.
Following the bombings, which claimed the life of one bystander outside of the Stade de France, armed gunmen went on the rampage at restaurants and a music concert venue in co-ordinated attacks across the capital.
FA Chairman Greg Dyke said: “Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities.”
Taking to social media following the atrocities on Friday evening, leader of Brent Council Cllr Muhammed Butt tweeted: “Deepest condolences to the friends and families of all the victims of the #ParisAttacks we stand united with you. #Condemn those involved”.
Other landmark buildings across the borough sent messages of condolence and displayed solidarity with Parisians including the Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple on Kingsbury Road, which paid tribute with a light display in the colours of the French flag.