An enormous fireplace engulfed Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday night, inflicting a partial collapse that has shocked France and elicited reactions from throughout the globe.
President Donald Trump was among the many first world leaders to talk out as flames tore by the centuries-old construction amid one in all quite a few renovations it has undergone since the 13th century. The Republican chief took to social media to weigh in on the catastrophe.
“So horrible to look at the huge fireplace at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump tweeted. “Maybe flying water tankers might have been used to place it out. Should act rapidly!”
French President Emmanuel Macron canceled a televised speech to the nation as the fireplace worsened, tweeting shortly after: “Emotion for the complete nation. A thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I am unhappy tonight to see this half of us burn.”
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, saying “Our woman [“notre dame” in French] of Paris is our woman of all Europe. We’re all with Paris at the moment.” Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, quoted the chief as saying she was “saddened to see these horrible photographs of Notre Dame, image of France and of our European tradition, in flames. Our ideas go to our French mates.”
“Completely heartbreaking to see the Notre-Dame Cathedral in flames,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Canadians are considering of our mates in France as you struggle this devastating fireplace.”
“My ideas are with the folks of France tonight and with the emergency companies who’re combating the horrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral,” United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa Might tweeted.
Irish President Michael Higgins stated in a press release that he “wish to categorical the sentiments of solidarity of the Irish folks with the folks of France on the catastrophic injury to one of the crucial iconic buildings in Europe—a constructing which the folks of Paris have shared with thousands and thousands from all around the world, as a part of a shared world cultural heritage.”
“The Notre Dame Cathedral has suffered many situations of catastrophic injury over the centuries, and it’s my hope that it’ll survive this newest horrible disaster,” he added.
The official Palestine Information Company reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ workplace “expressed its deep remorse Monday over the fireplace that broke out on the historic Notre Dame Cathedral within the middle of the French capital of Paris, which triggered the collapse of the cathedral tower.”
“The Presidency confirmed its solidarity and sympathy with our mates in France over this incident,” the outlet added.
The reason for the fireplace has but to be decided, however French media has prompt that the blaze could have been linked to the continuing building.