Liberté, egalité, fraternité: how the world shows its love for Paris and Beirut

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After the atrocities that occurred in both France and Lebanon, during which at least 129 lost their lives in Paris and 43 in Beirut, the global outpouring of solidarity is being displayed in beautiful ways

As the world comes to grips with the series of coordinated terrorist attacks on Paris and the double suicide bombing in Beirut, the predominant emotions are those of shock, grief and sadness. The news has saturated our TV screens and social media channels all weekend - and while it's essential to be informed, at times the constant barrage of blood-soaked images and bad news can feel overwhelming.

Which is why it's important not to ignore the positives - for in every horrific image of an injured civilian, you'll also see people stepping in to help - the police, the firemen and paramedics; the taxi drivers who drove people in affected areas home, the people on the street who risked their lives to save others. Over the weekend we've seen the worst that humanity is capable of, but also some of the best.

In our gallery above we've compiled some of the most beautiful displays of sympathy and support from around the world. Take the musician who drove from Germany to set up his grand piano outside the Bataclan and play John Lennon's 'Imagine' for the mourners there (watch the video below), or the iconic landmarks lit up in the French tricolour all over the world, from our own Opera House and National Gallery of Victoria to the London Eye, Jerusalem's Old City Wall and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Candlelit vigils have been held as far as Damascus and Melbourne, Londoners gathered in Trafalgar Square with their faces painted in red, white and blue and we've all adopted the French flag filter on Facebook to show our support. Celebrities have been quick to harness their huge reach to spread messages of peace and tolerance - Angelina Jolie urged her followers to remember the Beirut attack as well as Paris, posting: "Whilst everyone talks about #Paris no one mentions the #ISIS attack in #Lebanon yesterday... I pray for both countries."

Madonna and Florence Welch both acknowledged the disasters in their concerts over the weekend  - Madonna in Stockholm and Welch in Sydney, who held a minute's silence in tribute. A U2 concert scheduled for Paris this weekend was cancelled due to the city's emergency curfews, with Bono, who was in Paris on Friday night, telling Rolling Stone, "I can't wait till we get back to Paris and play... these people will not set our agenda." Scroll the gallery above to see more.

Liberté, egalité, fraternité: how the world shows its love for Paris and Beirut (фото 1)

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