Ancient cathedral, praised by French author Victor Hugo, is burning. The reason, caused the disaster is still unknown.
Today at about 8 pm a famous cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is burning. French administration reacted right away to the accident and sent all its forces to stop the flame. Emanuel Macron reacted right away and made several statements about this. At about 8:20 p.m.. the president made a post in his twitter, saying: “sad to see this part of us burning”. The head of state emphasizes the “emotion of a whole nation” and addresses a “thought” for “all Catholics” and “all French”. The president of the republic, as well as its Prime minister Edward Philippe arrived to the place of the collapse. Macron with his wife, Brigitte. They were accompanied by Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Laurent Nunez, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior. Christophe Castaner, meanwhile, is currently in Mayotte.
Foreign officials reacted quickly to the disaster, happening in the capital of France. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed his support for France.
“A high place of the Catholic faith is burning” with the fire that devastates the Notre-Dame Cathedral, this Monday night, told AFP, Vincent Neymon, spokesman of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF). According to firefighters, the fire took place at about 18:50 in the attic of the cathedral, “a living symbol of the Catholic faith,” Neymon said.
The accident happed unexpectedly and below you may see how the situation is being developed:
18:50 p.m. the disaster has started. Parisians in tears. An on-site journalist describes onlookers “crying”. “Everyone is devastated,” he adds.
8:13 p.m.. The Archbishop of Paris goes on the spot. Michel Aupetit was in the 7th arrondissement. “It’s a drama,” he said.
8:22 p.m.. Vladimir, 54, the testimonial of Notre Dame de Paris fire believes in a “resurrection”. “It’s a disaster but we will fix it”, says this Parisian, who was crossing the street near the cathedral right at the moment of the accident. “We do not have a choice. We are in Easter week. At the end, there will be a resurrection. “
8:25 p.m.. A point on the security perimeter. Boulevard du Palais is closed to cars and pedestrians, as well as the surrounding bridges and the forecourt of Notre Dame.
8:32 p.m.. “Too early” to determine the origin of the claim. Also at a press point, the public prosecutor of Paris, Rémy Heitz, indicates that the direction of the fire was seized.
8:40 p.m.. 400 firefighters mobilized. At a press point, the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior, Laurent Nunez, speaks of a “very violent fire” in the roof. Firefighters are now working from outside the building, on nacelles. No victims of Notre Dame de Paris fire have been detected for the moment.
The situation is anarchic in the streets at the foot of Notre-Dame. Some streets, such as rue de la Bûcherie, are blocked by firefighters, who recharge themselves with water. The police blocked onlookers who tried to get too close to the docks to take pictures and videos, despite a saturated network.
“It’s a security perimeter to protect citizens from fire,” a gendarme explains laconically. Many people run in the alleys, either to get away or to approach the drama. Some scenes are surreal, like those tourists who have a glass on the terrace of The Long Hop pub facing the thick smoke and flames, backpack to the foot. “We had to go to our hotel, we’re stuck,” says one of them. “We will post photos of Notre Dame de Paris fire on Facebook” – a young woman with purple hair describes very precisely the scene in English on the phone, sometimes covered by the sounds of helicopters.
According to “Le Monde”, the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a preliminary investigation, which was entrusted to the Regional Directorate of the Judicial Police. Due to the uncertainties still hanging over the origin of the fire, the prosecution did not communicate the reason for the opening of this investigation.
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