France stood by us, now stand by her
Three-hour-long queues of people waiting to donate blood. Barely 12 hours after their marvellous world city had been turned into a bloody battlefield, people in Paris were trying to cope with deep trauma, intense shock and a sense of powerlessness.
The spontaneous response of ordinary people, wanting to do something positive and helpful by giving blood, speaks to the indomitable nature of humanity and the innate human goodness.
Paris has long been known as 'La Ville Lumière' - 'The City of Light'. For over a thousand years it has been a centre of learning and also celebrated as one of the first cities to adopt street lighting.