“It’s a terrible grief that falls on us, but we can’t let silence win.” ~ Philippe Val, former Charlie Hebdo editor

Paris (CNN)

Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower went dark Thursday night, hours after silence descended across France for a minute as the nation marked poignant tributes for the 12 people killed in a terrorist attack a day earlier at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

In the capital, many bowed their heads under umbrellas earlier as the bells of Notre Dame Cathedral tolled across the city.

It was a scene mirrored in towns and cities across France, and elsewhere in Europe, as people honored those who paid with their lives for press freedom.

On Thursday night (2 p.m. ET), lights on the Eiffel Tower were shut off in a somber tribute. Throughout the night, people lit candles, waved banners and paid their respect to the victims at makeshift shrines.

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