Americans show outpouring of support for France after terror attacks

French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. © Christian Hartmann
Americans quickly took to social media following a night of horror in the French capital, to offer shelter to Parisians stranded by delayed flights, reached out to friends, shared thoughts of support and created instant vigils for those caught up in the violence.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency, closed borders and shut metro stations in the wake of the violent terrorist attacks that killed more than 150 people on Friday.

American Airlines held five flights that were set to depart for Paris, despite French airports remaining open. People in the US offered places to stay for those who were stranded. Help came from cities stretching from Austin and Chicago to Kansas and Washington, DC, accompanied by the hashtag #StrandedinUS

In San Francisco, flowers and messages were laid outside the French Consulate with a note: “Our thoughts are with you.”

And City Hall donned the colors of the French flag.

In New York, police officers were stationed outside the French Consulate

Meanwhile, the One World Trade Center was lit up in solidarity.

A spontaneous candle light vigil was organized in Union Square for French exchange students, who sang songs. It is the same place that so many New Yorkers gathered shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

On Facebook, friends checked in with friends to find out if they were safe.

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Even the Washington Capitals NHL team turned their ice rink into the colors of the French tricolour.