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    Paris.."tossed but not sunk"


    Last night thousands gathered to see the le Tour Eiffel which was been illuminated for the second night and will remain so this evening.


    The event was created in an effort to strengthen and bring unity and healing to the people of Paris and especially to those who directly suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks which occured four days before on Friday night/Saturday morning across the city and which left 129 dead and hundreds wounded,.. many remain in hospital in critical condition.


    Written across the le tour are the Latin words "fluctuat nec mergitur" which when translated mean "tossed but not sunk." the meaning of which is obvious,.. while Paris and its people have been "tossed around" (brutalized)... they will recover.


    It is not the first time that Paris and its people have been tossed around. Most recently the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket left 15 dead, 15 wounded and left the city in shock. Still very much alive in the city's consciousness, even after 70 years, is the occupation of the city by German troops during World War Two.


    Aside from spectacular red, white and blue "tour" the highlight for many was the piano recital of the French anthem la Marseillaise by, David Martello a German street performer, who upon hearing of the terrorist attack while in Germany, loaded his piano in a trailer and drove his car 400 miles to Paris as a tribute to promote healing and strength.


    Paris may be reeling at the moment but in no way is it about to fall over.


    photo #7.. looking up from the underbelly of le Tour.






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