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The whole world "embraces Paris"

Reactions from around the world multiplied Monday night after the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral. "Those horrible images of Our Lady on fire hurt. Notre Dame is a symbol of France and our European culture. We are with our thoughts with French friends, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson was tweeted a few minutes after the start of the fire.The mayors of Rome and London, in particular, expressed their solidarity with their Paris counterpart, Anne Hidalgo. "London is in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. #Our Lady", said Sadiq Khan from London, while the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, tweeted in French: "Rome embraces Paris. The images of the fire in # Our Lady's Cathedral really hurt. The Romans are with the citizens of Paris. A thought for all the French. "


"Our Lady of Paris is Our Lady of All Europe. We are all with Paris today, also reacted Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. As for Donald Trump, he tweeted: "It's so terrible to witness this gigantic fire at Notre-Dame de Paris." Before going on his advice: "Maybe we should use water bombers to extinguish it. We must act quickly. " A false good idea, quickly deconstructed by a tweet of the Civil Security explaining that "The air drop by air on this type of building could […] result in the collapse of the entire structure ".

When the main arrow gives in to the onslaught of the flames and falls on itself, the images loop around on TVs around the world. For the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michels, Notre-Dame is, as "Victor Hugo, a part of the history of France, of Europe". Expressing his "incredulity" and his "sadness" before the fire of this "Symbol of Christendom, in France and in the world". "Tearing to see. Our Lady in flames in my favorite city, Paris. Hope that the maximum can be saved. #Our Lady", was moved by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. It is "A blow to the heart for the French and for us all Europeans", tweeted, in French, the head of the Italian government, Giuseppe Conte, while Theresa May addressed her 'Thoughts' to the French people. The Vatican, for its part, said in a statement praying for "The firemen and for all those who do their best to face this dramatic situation".


At nightfall, the high flames disappeared, but the intense glow of the fire continues to eat away at the structure of Notre Dame. With palpable emotion, thousands of anonymous mix on social networks their messages of sympathy and support to those of the politicians. In French, Spanish, English, Mandarin … Some people are already worried about the long and costly reconstruction. In a tweet, the director general of UNESCO, the former French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay, said to be "Sides of France to safeguard and rehabilitate this priceless heritage".

Christophe Israel



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