Eiffel Tower goes dark for victims in Las Vegas and Marseille attacks

The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris are switched off on Oct 2, 2017 in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.
The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris are switched off on Oct 2, 2017 in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The Eiffel Tower went dark on Monday night (Oct 2) in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.

At least 59 people were killed and hundreds wounded on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Earlier on Sunday, a man knifed two young women to death outside the main train station in Marseille, France's second-biggest city.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for both attacks via the militant propaganda outlet Amaq, which said they were carried out by its "soldiers". It did not provide any evidence for either claim.

"Tonight we will turn off the Eiffel Tower from midnight in homage to the victims of the attacks in Marseille and Las Vegas," Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote, adding the hashtag "we are united".

The French capital has repeatedly switched off the night-time lights on its most famous landmark to show solidarity with victims of terror attacks from London to Kabul.