A vigil will be held this evening outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to commemorate the victims of yesterday’s terror attacks in Paris.
An estimated 129 have been killed thus far, but there are an additional 352 injured, 99 of whom are in critical condition.
Pierre Touzel with the Assembly of French Abroad.
“We invite all of the people who want to express their sympathies to the people in Paris to come and join us.”
“I feel like it’s important for the French community as a family to gather together when we have difficult moments like yesterday. To come together to show that we are united, and also show that not only us, but the Canadian community is coming to join us and show their solidarity with us.”
Mel Ticherafi is an SFU student from Paris and is planning on attending the vigil.
“It’s something that I need to do. My mother’s family lives in Algeria, and they had terrorist attacks too, and my uncle died as a target.”
Ticherafi was able to make sure all of her friends and family were safe last night in Paris.
She hopes the vigil will be a show of solidarity.
“I wish people would come tonight, everyone would come tonight. Not just the French community, but everyone.”
A Facebook page called Vancouver Stands with Paris has also been set up to detail more information.
Helene Creusot immigrated to Vancouver eight years ago, and is horrified another terrorist attack has claimed lives in Paris.
“You can’t feel safe anymore. I’m about to take a plane next month to go see my family in France. I don’t feel safe for them, and I don’t feel safe for me to go.”
Vancouver’s French consulate has also seen a makeshift memorial set up, as people have dropped off flowers and cards in honour of the victims.
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Later tonight, BC Place will glow red, white, and blue, to support France.
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