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#ParisAttack: Eiffel Tower goes dark in memory of those killed? Not really!

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 November 2015, 16:54 IST

After the terror attacks that shook Paris on 13 November, a number of reports surfaced claiming that lights of the iconic Eiffel Tower were turned off to symbolise solidarity with the victims.

"We can only assume its symbolic and equivalent to flying a flag at half-staff, as the country - like the rest of the world - is in mourning after at least 153 people were killed," one such media report read.

Social media was awash with photos and videos of where the lights of the Eiffel Tower can be seen going off.

Sky News also posted a video, titled: Watch the Eiffel Tower's lights go out in memory of those killed in #ParisShooting terror attacks.

But is it true? No, says the BBC. The media house said that the reports, of the Eiffel Tower going dark as a mark of respect for the victims, are all false. The lights of the tower are routinely turned off every night to save electricity. This has nothing to do with the attacks, the BBC reported.

First published: 14 November 2015, 16:54 IST
 
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