Paris attacks: New York City lights One World Trade Center red, white and blue in solidarity

One World Trade Center lit up in the blue, white and red colours of the French flag.
One World Trade Center lit up in the blue, white and red colours of the French flag. PHOTO: REUTERS
A New York police officer walking at  New York Times Square to bolster security after the attacks in Paris, on Nov 13, 2015.
A New York police officer walking at New York Times Square to bolster security after the attacks in Paris, on Nov 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York City lit the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in America, red, white and blue in solidarity with France after attackers killed at least 120 people in Paris.

It was a powerful symbol of US friendship and support for the French, made from the tallest building in the United States, which was built on the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York.

Its 124m spire is so large it can be seen across much of America's largest city and across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

"Today, and in the days ahead, New York will light One World Trade Center in blue, white and red as we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of France," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

 
 

"We join them in mourning those who were killed and in praying for those who were injured or lost loved ones. And we continue to stand side by side with them in our commitment to a free and peaceful world."

The French attacks are among the deadliest in the West since the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Other US buildings also lit themselves in the colors of the French flag, including city hall in San Francisco and the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

New York police went on heightened alert, deploying counter-terrorism reinforcements to crowded places and outside the French mission to the United Nations, and the French consulate.

The New York police department said the reinforcements were made "out of an abundance of caution" to reassure the public.