Candlelight vigil for Paris to be held in Portsmouth today

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A candlelight vigil will take place in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square this afternoon to remember all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The event will take place at 5pm. Candles will be available for people to light or people are welcome to bring their own candles or flowers.

In addition to Paris, thoughts and prayers will be offered to the victims of other recent terrorist attacks around the world.

The ceremony will be led by civic leaders, including the Lord Mayor, Cllr Frank Jonas, and Portsmouth City Council Leader Cllr Donna Jones.

Cllr Jones said: ‘The whole world has been shocked by events in Paris and it is important we remember those affected as well as the victims of similar attacks around the world.

‘Portsmouth is an extremely compassionate city and our strong links with France make it fitting to hold a public display of support. I hope as many people as possible are able to attend.’