Around the world, a gigantic surge of solidarity has been expressed with Paris and France, even though the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is visited by 13 million tourists every year. His fire and the destruction engendered are a universal catastrophe.
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► IN GERMANY
"Those horrible images of Our Lady on fire hurt. Notre Dame is a symbol of France and our European culture. We are in thoughts with French friends », tweeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman Steffen Seibert.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had told him earlier that the fire was hitting "Also the hearts" Germans. "Our thoughts are with all the emergency services and our French friends. With them, we hope that the fire will not kill ", he added.
► IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
London stands next to Paris "In sadness"said the mayor of the British capital Sadiq Khan. "Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames. London is in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. #Our Lady ", he wrote on Twitter.
► IN THE UNITED STATES
US President Donald Trump has ruled "Terrible" the impressive fire. "It's so terrible to witness this gigantic fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. Perhaps it would be necessary to use water bombers to extinguish it. We must act quickly »he tweeted. His wife Melania Trump said he had the " Broken Heart " for the Parisians seeing the images of the fire. "I pray that all are safe and sound"she added.
► IN BAHRAIN
The Bahraini Foreign Minister, the small emirate of the Arabian Peninsula, Khalid al Khalifa, lamented a very sad day for the memory of Paris ". " May God save Notre-Dame Cathedral He tweeted.