Soon after today’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, in which at least 26 people are confirmed dead, a cartoon uniting France and Belgium has already become the symbol of solidarity for the victims.
As with the Paris terrorist attack from last November, people have started sharing a cartoon by Le Monde cartoonist Plantu, who has drawn other cartoons showcasing grief from the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015 and the Paris attack. The cartoon shows the French flag comforting the Belgian flag and crying with the dates of their respective attacks underneath: Nov. 13, 2015, and March 22, 2016.
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) March 22, 2016
The cartoon has become a way for people to share their condolences for the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, and someone has already placed the cartoon at the memorial for the Paris attacks at La République.
— Cecile Dehesdin (@sayseal) March 22, 2016
— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) March 22, 2016
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 22, 2016
It’s already received a remix courtesy of the Russian TV outlet LifeNews, which has replaced the French flag with the Russian flag and Oct. 31 underneath to commemorate the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt that killed all 224 people on the plane, which Russia has since said was an act of terror.
— LIFE.ru (@lifenews_ru) March 22, 2016
— IGGY BEY (@IGGYBEYOFFICIAL) March 22, 2016
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) March 22, 2016
— Standard de Liège (@Standard_RSCL) March 22, 2016
— Rafa Zevallos 🇵🇦 (@rafazevallos) March 22, 2016
— Jessica. (@jessiW98) March 22, 2016
People have also begun to share photos of the famous Belgian cartoon character Tintin crying to share their grief with others.
— Sylvain Zimmermann (@sylvainzim) March 22, 2016
— Bernard Mnich (@BernardMnich) March 22, 2016
— Sébastien Leroy⭐️⭐️ (@lecontempteur) March 22, 2016
The city of Paris, which has changed its Twitter profile picture to the Belgian flag, has announced that it will light the Eiffel Tower with the flag’s colors.
Ce soir, @LaTourEiffel sera illuminée aux couleurs de la Belgique.
— Paris (@Paris) March 22, 2016