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Shanghai offers condolences

DOZENS of locals and expats have signed a book of condolences opened at the French Consulate General in Shanghai for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“I pray for Paris. Pain and fear will disperse in the end, and romance and courage will remain for every Parisian. The whole world is with you,” a person wrote in Mandarin.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” read another in English, citing the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ship of France will not sink due to high winds and tall waves. I’ll always support those who suffer in France,” read another, written in French.

Some visitors also left bunches of white lilies, roses and carnations as a mark of respect.

In another show of unity, operators of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower illuminated the building in the colors of the French flag on Saturday night.

Axel Cruau, the French consul general in Shanghai, called it a “great moment of friendship.”

“There were some nice lights and flowers placed next to the consulate on Saturday night too. We thank the Shanghai people for their support at this very difficult time,” he said.

Cruau said he believes the massacre will not deter people from visiting France, adding that its visa policy will remain unchanged and that there are no restrictions on travel.



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