REVEALED: Picture showing Eiffel Tower lit up to commemorate Lahore attack was actually from 2007
Thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook shared the images of the monument illuminated in green and white following deadly bombing in Lahore on March 27 claiming over 72 lives.
Many praised the “solidarity” apparently shown by the French to Lahore blast victims.
The atrocity came days after the Brussels attacks, which saw monuments around the world light up in the colours of the Belgian flag.
In a similar spectacle to that seen following the massacres in Paris in November, Tower Bridge, the Brandenburg Gate, Burj Khalifa and Christ the Redeemer statue were among those illuminated.
— Ahmad Ali Warraich (@AhmadWarraich19) March 28, 2016
The display was not repeated for Lahore, but photos of the Eiffel Tower in green and gold was widely shared with the hashtag #prayforPakistan.
One person praised the “beautiful show of solidarity” but authorities concerned quickly pointed out that photos being used on Twitter dated from 2007. According to the Eiffel Tower’s official website, the monument was illuminated to honour France hosting the Rugby World Cup.
The green section represented the pitch, while white beams of light created the illusion of goalposts and a giant rugby ball was suspended from the second floor.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 22, 2016
Many users were angered that the same commemorations seen for Belgium, where 35 died, had not been afforded for Pakistan.
“Strange how Europeans are only upset when they die,” one person wrote on the social media: “The Eiffel Tower is not lit up for Pakistan. Wish it was though to prove an unbiased world.”