Candle-lit vigils at sites of Paris attacks

  • 15/11/2015
A vigil held at the scene of a shooting the day after the Paris attacks (Reuters)
A vigil held at the scene of a shooting the day after the Paris attacks (Reuters)

By Lloyd Jones

Candles flicker at the sites of the Paris terrorist attacks as Parisians welcome Australia's show of solidarity after the Sydney Opera House was illuminated in the French national colours.

Florence Fontan lives near two restaurants where gunmen mowed people down on Friday night as part of co-ordinated attacks that killed at least 129 people, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility.

On Saturday evening she and husband Jean-Luc joined a silent vigil at Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge restaurants as people added to a mass of burning candles and bunches of flowers outside.

"We came to show that we care, we know the restaurant and we go there regularly," Fontan told AAP.

"It's just horrible," she said.

"We are sad, we are crying, we are all shocked."

Fontan, who works at an international bank, said she had received sympathetic messages from work colleagues in Australia and she appreciated Australia's gesture of support after the Opera House was lit up in the red, white and blue of the French flag.

Police with submachine guns were on guard near the restaurants on Saturday but were not stopping people from laying their tributes against the shuttered and curtained premises in a modest Parisian backstreet.

Saturday night on the streets of Paris was not as bustling as usual as many people heeded government advice to stay at home.

But Fontan said many in her neighbourhood had come out to visit the restaurants and pay their respects to the slain.

"It's also a way to demonstrate we will continue to live, we will continue to fight for what we believe are our values, not with weapons, just with resilience," she said.

Hobart woman Emma Parkinson, 19, was shot and injured in the attack at the Bataclan theatre during a rock concert and is being treated in a Paris hospital.

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