People couldn’t believe what was unfolding before their eyes as one of the most famous – and beautiful – buildings in the world crumbled, with an insatiable blaze roaring after what was suspected to be an accident, ‘potentially linked’ to the major renovation project on the church’s spire.
French authorities have ruled out acts or terror and arson, and thankfully, all of the art and precious artefacts within the cathedral were saved.
In stark contrast to when the French interior minister stated yesterday that he was unsure as to whether Notre Dame could be saved, journalist Nicolas Delesalle tweeted:
“Good news: all the works of art were saved. The treasure of the Cathedral is intact, the Crown of thorns, the Holy sacraments.“
Sadly, as you know, the same can’t be said for much of the structure, and pictures from within the cathedral show much of the damage…
Speaking after the tragedy, French President Emmanuel Macron insists the 850-year-old landmark will be rebuilt, saying the ‘worst has been avoided’. He went on to say:
“We’ll rebuild this cathedral all together and it’s undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we’ll have for the coming years.
“That’s what the French expect [and] because it’s what our history deserves.“
Meanwhile, in an act of terrific generosity, François-Henri Pinault, the chairman of Kering, which owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, has pledged €100 million to restore Notre Dame.
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