Buildings light up for Paris

This and similar image collections has spread widely in social media:


The problem: some of the images are not related to the recent terrorist attack in Paris.

Read this article first: it explains why the Eiffel tower’s lights were switched off and that The Empire State Building did not change its colors.

Two additional mistakes:

  1. Photo of the Château de Sablé was taken in 2013 (French National Day). Source: Les Nouvelles – L’Écho

    Château de Sable - highlighted
  2. Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was not lit with the colors of France flag before Saturday the 14th of November 2015. The viral image collection was published on the 13th of November.The statue was illuminated in the eve of FIFA World Cup (2014). Source:

    Additional information: Brazilian news confirms the story.

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