Lonely Planet Writer

Lyon lights up in tribute to victims of Paris attacks

Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, the city of Lyon cancelled its famous four-day Festival of Lights. Instead, the event was instead turned into a tribute to the 130 people who died in the attacks.

The names of the victims of the Paris terror attacks were projected onto buildings.
The names of the victims of the Paris terror attacks were projected onto buildings. Image by Gérard Collomb Facebook

The event, which was scheduled to begin on 5 December and to draw in three million visitors, was cancelled by Lyon mayor Gerard Collomb due to security reasons as the country remains in a three-month state of emergency.

While the Lyon Festival of Lights was cancelled, one element remained in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.
While the Lyon Festival of Lights was cancelled, one element remained in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. Image by Gérard Collomb Facebook

People were instead asked to take part in the tribute on 8 December by lighting candles in their windows, which is often done as part of the festival.

People in Lyon were asked to light candles on 8 December in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
People in Lyon were asked to light candles on 8 December in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks. Image by Gérard Collomb Facebook

One of the displays remained on the Saone River, projecting art onto buildings along with the first names of the victims.

While the Lyon Festival of Lights was cancelled, one element remained in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.
While the Lyon Festival of Lights was cancelled, one element remained in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. Image by Gérard Collomb Facebook

Mayor Gerard Collomb posted photos of the tribute to his Facebook page, which have been widely shared on social media.