Spain, United States, Germany, Lebanon … While a violent fire was still going on in the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15, heads of state and politicians from all countries expressed their "Sadness" and their 'Solidarity' towards France.
Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was the first head of state to express oneself, lamenting a fire "Horrible" and suggesting that Canadair be sent to control it. His predecessor, Barack Obama, also published a message of support to France "In these times of mourning".
For his part, the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, also quickly expressed his support for France, considering that the ongoing fire was also striking " hearts " Germans. "Our thoughts are with all the emergency services and our French friends. With them, we hope that the fire will not kill ", tweeted the head of German diplomacy.
"What a pain to see these atrocious images of Our Lady on fire. Notre Dame is a symbol of France and our European culture. All our thoughts to our French friends. We are at their side », also reacted Steffen SeibertChancellor Spokeswoman Angela Merkel In London, the mayor, Sadiq Khan, has also expressed his solidarity : "Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames. London is in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. " Premier Theresa May similarly addressed his 'Thoughts' to the French.
A "catastrophe for France and for Europe"
"The fire of Notre Dame is a catastrophe for France and for Europe. The flames ravage 850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture. It's going to be hard to forget. France can count on us to recover the grandeur of its heritage ", tweeted, in FrenchSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
"How sad to see the Notre-Dame Cathedral burn," also posted, on his Twitter account, the conservative Pablo Casado, leader of the opposition, who wanted to express his "Solidarity with Parisians". Similarly for Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, the formation of the radical left, which also showed her "Sadness" facing the destruction "This beautiful place that has seen so much history".
The Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, also wished to express her "Sadness and [son] worry ", while his counterpart in Barcelona, Ada Colau, provided " all [son] support ".
In Brazil, a country battered in September 2018 by the tragic fire of the Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posted on twitter of his "Deep regret" facing "A terrible fire in one of the greatest symbols of Christian and Western spirituality and culture". "In this dark moment, our prayers are going to the French", he added.
UNESCO "alongside France"
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri also expressed his "sadness". "The whole world is saddened by the fire of Notre Dame Cathedral. A disaster for heritage and indescribable humanity. All the solidarity of Lebanon with the French people », did he write on Twitter.
Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, also reacted on Twitter: "Deeply saddened by the horrible fire that destroys Notre Dame Cathedral. A sacred monument, important for France and beyond. Terrible to witness such a disaster. "
Same tone at the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al Sissi: "It was with great sadness that I heard the news of the historic fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral. It is a huge loss for all humanity. I declare the solidarity of the Egyptian people with our French friends and I hope that the consequences of this terrible moment can be quickly overcome. "
Finally, the United Nations Organization for Culture, UNESCO, is "Sides of France to safeguard and rehabilitate this priceless heritage" what is the Notre-Dame cathedral, ravaged on Monday by the flames, tweeted her CEO, Audrey Azoulay. The Gothic cathedral built on the Ile de la Cité in the heart of Paris has been a World Heritage Site since 1991.