Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in blue, white and red tonight, following the shocking terrorist attack in Nice.
Brisbane’s Story Bridge, City Hall and Victoria Bridge will be lit in the colours of the French Tricolore tonight, in solidarity with France and the people of Nice.
As well as lighting up local landmarks, a condolence book will be made available at Brisbane City Hall.
A shocking terrorist attack in the French Riviera city has seen a truck plough through a crowd of Bastille Day revellers who had just witnessed a fireworks display.
At least 80 people are believed to have been killed in the attack, with the death toll expected to rise throughout the day.
Another 100 revellers, at least, were injured in the attack, which occurred when the truck mounted a footpath and drove at speed for 100 metres on the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk.
The driver of the truck was killed by police. Guns and grenades were reportedly found inside the truck.
A scheduled concert by Rhianna and a jazz festival in the area have both been cancelled.
The Governor-General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove, is in France representing Australia for Bastille Day, and tweeted his response to the attack.
“We are in shock tonight in Paris as we learn about the tragic events unfolding in Nice,” he wrote.
“On a day where Australians marched alongside their French counterparts, this cruel attack has struck innocents celebrating their national day.
“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the government and the people of France.”
This is the second time in the last eight months that Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in solidarity with France.
Last November, Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris.
A national state of emergency was declared then, which French President Francois Hollande has now been forced to extend for another three months.
Tragically, Mr Hollande had declared just hours before the attack that the national state of emergency would be allowed to expire on 26 July.
“We can’t extend the state of emergency indefinitely, it would make no sense,” he told journalists before the attack.
“That would mean we’re no longer a republic with the rule of law applied in all circumstances.”
In recent months, the Story Bridge has also been lit in the colours of Belgium in the wake of the attack on Brussels, and the colours of the rainbow flag following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
It’s a powerful gesture, but let’s hope we don’t have to do it again anytime soon.