1. Officials and person dressed in panda outfit during countdown to switch off the lights of the Eiffel Tower
2. Wide of Eiffel Tower in dark
3. Countdown to switching lights of the Eiffel Tower back on
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Pascal Canfin, general director of WWF France:
"We switched off the Eiffel Tower, part of a movement where 400 monuments that are known globally, are switched off today from Sydney to New York, passing from Paris or London."
5. Eiffel Tower with person dressed as panda in the foreground
6. Panda with Eiffel Tower behind
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris candidacy for the Olympic Games 2024:
"We have a great ambition and the ambition is to divide by two the carbon footprint and to be the first games ever aligned with the COP 21 Paris agreement on the climate change."
8. Sculpture of twitter hastag, #EarthHour
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Pascal Canfin, general director of WWF France:
"If the games have to take place in Paris, they have to be aligned with the Paris agreement on climate change and it will be the very first time that Olympics will not be just 'green ever', or 'the greenest ever', but aligned with what is needed to fight against climate change, aligned with the Paris agreement."
The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris were switched off on Saturday (25 MARCH 2017) to mark Earth Hour, an international event intended to raise awareness of climate change.
The brainchild of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Earth Hour is a worldwide initiative designed to both inform people about climate change and create awareness about responsible utilisation of limited resources.
In a symbolic gesture to save electricity, lights are switched off between the hours of 2030 and 2130 local time in every country where Earth Hour is observed.
Attending the Paris event was co-president of the Paris candidacy for the Olympic Games 2024, Tony Estanguet.
He said the Games planned to be the first ever to be aligned with the COP 21 Paris climate agreement.
Similar ceremonies were also held in major cities around the world.