Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted (below) that the move was “to show solidarity from the city of Paris for the city of Aleppo and its inhabitants”.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) December 14, 2016
“We hope that this symbolic measure, on a monument that is known around the world, will show the international community once more the urgent need to act,” she told Europe 1.
The lights will switch off from 8pm.
Syrian government forces have reclaimed most of the city from rebel fighters in recent days amid reports of atrocities committed against residents attempting to flee.
UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said the organization had received detailed reports of deadly attacks on civilians by victorious pro-government militias.
The Gov'ts of Syria & Russia are accountable for any and all atrocities that the victorious militias in Aleppo are now committing!
— Jan Egeland (@NRC_Egeland) December 12, 2016