'Saturday Night Live' airs tribute to Paris after attacks: 'We stand with you'

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"Saturday Night Live" is known for its comedy, but it took some time at the start of last night's episode to air a simple, heartfelt message of solidarity for the people of Paris.

During the cold open, usually reserved for political sketches, cast member Cecily Strong appeared on stage to deliver the address, first in English and then in French.

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"Paris is the City of Light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out," she said. "Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you."

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The moment is one of just many signs of support that have been pouring in for the city from around the world. Tributes include an image of a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower in the center by artist Jean Julian that has gone viral. Meanwhile, at the Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 people were killed, pianist Davide Martello also played a touching rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" and U2 paid homage to the victims by laying flowers at a makeshift memorial.