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French community in Hong Kong to gather at vigil for victims of Paris attacks

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A vigil for the victims of the horrifying terror attacks in Paris will be held tonight by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau.

The vigil will at 6.30pm at Tamar Park in Admiralty. A minute of silence to be observed at 7pm, the same time France and Europe will go silent in memory of the victims.

More than 300 people were injured and 129 people killed on November 13 in Paris in mass shootings and suicide attacks at a number of locations in the French capital, including the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and the Stade de France sports stadium.

Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

There has been an outpouring of support from the global community for the people of Paris in the wake of the atrocities.

In addition to tonight’s vigil, the French Consulate has also opened a condolence book at the Consulate-General office at 26/F, Tower II, Admiralty Centre. It will be open until Wednesday from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm.

A statement from the Consulate General said it was fully mobilised and working closely with local authorities ensuring the safety of French premises in Hong Kong and Macau.

“We are also working in constant contact with the Embassy of France in Beijing, as well as with French authorities in Paris. Anyone encountering difficulty due to these tragic events is invited to contact the Consulate General,” the statement said.

A hotline for victims’ relatives abroad as been set up on +33 (0) 1 45 50 34 60.

The Hong Kong Consulate can be reached on +852 3752 9900.

Meanwhile, the Immigration Department has announced that French visitors affected by the terror attacks can apply for an extension of stay if they wish to remain in Hong Kong.

“The applications will be given special attention. Under normal circumstances, the ImmD would approve the applications on the same day,” it said.

“The ImmD has also informed the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong of this arrangement. Any enquiries about the arrangement should be made to the ImmD enquiry hotline on (852) 2824 6111.”

Hong Kong is considered to have one of the largest ex-pat populations of French people outside of France, with an estimated 20,000 French nationals living and working in Hong Kong.

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