Paris attacks: Norwich City Hall lit up in colours of the Tricolore as region shows its sympathy to France

City Hall, Norwich lit up in Red, White and Blue the night after the Paris attacks. Photo : Steve Ad

City Hall, Norwich lit up in Red, White and Blue the night after the Paris attacks. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Messages of support and solidarity are being given from Norwich and Norfolk after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night.

City Hall, Norwich lit up in Red, White and Blue the night after the Paris attacks. Photo : Steve Ad

City Hall, Norwich lit up in Red, White and Blue the night after the Paris attacks. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Norwich City Hall has been lit up with the colours of the French flag, the 'Tricolore', in a mark of sympathy towards the country.

Labour's Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council - who has French parents-in-law - said: 'I have French family so it is particularly poignant for me.

'I think the deeply distressing thing about it is there's no absolute security against this sort of attack because these are people who are determined to kill as many people as possible and are prepared to die as part of that.

'It's a reminder of the threat we live under in this globalised society where things that happen in other countries does have an impact on us.


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'The important thing is clearly to think carefully about how we address the deeper issues behind this attack and that we don't have a knee-jerk reaction.'

In a statement Clive Lewis, the MP for Norwich South, said: 'I think the thoughts and condolences of both Norwich and the world over will be with the people of Paris and France in the coming days and weeks.

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'What is needed now is a calm, rational and cautious response.

'One that doesn't see any more innocent lives destroyed, whatever country they are in.'

So far no Britons from Norfolk have been mentioned among those injured or dead from the attacks.

Members of Great Yarmouth Twinning Association, who are visiting a town near Paris this weekend, have told how the attacks have shocked their hosts.

Are you doing something to show your support for France?

Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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