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Vigils Held Across The World After Paris Terror Attacks

People have held makeshift memorials and candlelight vigils from the U.S. to China in solidarity with France after dozens were killed in terror attacks Friday night.

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People gathered at vigils worldwide after at least 120 people were killed and eight assailants died in a coordinated terror attack at multiple sites in Paris.

At one point, more than 100 people were taken hostage at a concert hall, leading to a police raid on the venue.

The death toll is expected to rise as France takes stock of the carnage Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, mourners have been creating makeshift vigils at embassies and public areas across the world.

In Washington, D.C., hundreds gathered Saturday evening in Lafayette Square bearing messages of support.

Participants in the Washington, D.C., vigil also sang France's national anthem together:

France's national anthem, from Lafayette Square

This video shows French exchange students singing their national anthem in New York's Union Square.

Video of French exchange students signing together in NY's Union Square. Candles burning at center. #ParisAttacks

Across the U.S., athletes and fans held a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks.

Charles Krupa / AP

The house lights are shut off as the Boston Celtics pause for a moment of silence prior to an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks.

In Australia, people left flowers and cards outside the French embassy in Canberra and a vigil was held in Sydney.

Flowers outside the French embassy in #Canberra. Flags at half mast. A sign reads 'JE SUIS PARIS' #ParisAttacks

A message from a child speaks for a nation at the French Embassy in Canberra. #ParisAttacks #7News

People have started leaving flowers outside the French Embassy in Canberra @abcnews

About 15 minutes into the vigil at Martin Place those present sung the French national anthem

Despite the rain, Sydneysiders are gathering in Martin Place to stand in solidarity with Paris. #Prayers4Paris

In New Zealand, French students came together to light candles in Auckland.

French students light candles at vigil in Auckland #Prayers4Paris #solidaritywithparis

Hundreds at Auckland vigil. A coming together of French and kiwis #Prayers4Paris #solidaritywithparis

In China, there was a minute's silence before a basketball match as flags flew at half-mast in other areas of the country.

Ng Han Guan / AP

Former NBA star Yao Ming, third from right, bows as he observes a moment of silence.

Vigils have also been held in Thailand, Ukraine and Denmark

Candlelight vigil at the Alliance Française in #Bangkok tonight for victims of the Paris attack (Pic @KAO_VoiceTV21)

#FrenchEmbassy in #Kyiv #Ukraine Ukrainians bring flowers,candles,come with kids. #Paris ,we're praying #paris

Blomsterhavet foran den franske ambassade vokser #prayforparis

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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