On Monday evening, people worldwide watched as the Notre Dame cathedral — one of the most iconic structures in Paris — was partially destroyed by a multi-hour fire.
Hours before officials announced the fire had been extinguished, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Notre Dame would be rebuilt. As of Tuesday, a number of French billionaires and big-name companies had already pledged hundreds of millions of euros towards the effort.
Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas tweeted that the country was united with France in grief and is ready to help.
Präsident @EmmanuelMacron hat zu Hilfe für den Wiederaufbau von #NotreDame weit über Frankreich hinaus aufgerufen. Deutschland steht dazu in engster Freundschaft bereit. Wir sind in Trauer vereint. Notre Dame ist kulturelles Erbe der Menschheit und Symbol für Europa. pic.twitter.com/vQMXa4M8e7
— Heiko Maas (@HeikoMaas) April 16, 2019
Also on Twitter, European Council President Donald Tusk called on all 28 EU member states to take part in the rebuilding of the cathedral.
I’d like to say words of comfort and solidarity with the French nation, also as citizen of Gdańsk, 90% destroyed and burnt, later rebuilt. You will also rebuild your cathedral!
From Strasbourg, French capital of the EU, I call on all 28 States to take part in this task.#NotreDame
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 16, 2019
John Dickas, a visiting lecturer at a university in Paris, saw the scene unfold firsthand. We talked with Dickas about what it was like to witness over eight centuries of history go up in flames.
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