Residents display tri-colour in solidarity with Paris

RESIDENTS in Toowoomba are showing their solidarity with the people of Paris by overlaying the tricolours of the French flag over their profile pictures.

The site has introduced a feature to allow users to support France and the people of Paris after the terror attacks in the city on Friday, November 13.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks which saw 129 and injured 352 across Paris in a separate and coordinated attacks.

Feeds across Toowoomba and the world are now awash with the blue, white and red of the French flag.

The filter appears over your normal profile picture.

If you wish to pay your respects and show your support, all you have to do is find a friend using the 'causes' feature in Facebook to customise their profile picture in your Facebook news feed.

Then you click the 'Try it' button, located on the bottom right hand side of the box.

The function is similar to Facebook's Celebrate Pride rainbow filter, which became commonplace after the Unites States Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage was handed down.

Facebook has yet to release a URL or link to the overlay function but there's a way to do it if none of your friends have.

Visit facebook.com/facebook and the site's top post has a "Try It" button that unlocks the filter.

You can then choose which photo to overlay the filter on and the length of time to display the tricolour.

History of the flag

Early in the French Revolution, the Paris militia, which played a prominent role in the storming of the Bastille, wore a cockade (ribbons on a hat) of blue and red, the city's traditional colours.

According to Marquis de Lafayette the "ancient French colour" of white was added to the militia cockade to create a tricolour and which was incorporated into the French flag.


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