I took this picture of the lion below just a couple of days after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo's offices and staff in January this year. The lion seemed shocked, sad and wounded as he looked down in disbelief at his city, against the somber winter sky.
This Wednesday I saw the lion again. It made me happy to see him roaring with seemingly regained strength and confidence against a perfect bright blue Autumn sky. This was just two days before the attacks.
A lion is a symbol of strength and courage. These qualities will stand against those who commit horrendous crimes and cowardly acts against innocent people.
My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Nous sommes Paris.