Notre Dame blaze: France thanks Filipinos for ‘heartfelt messages’

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Notre Dame
The aftermath of the devastating Notre Dame fire reveals an intact crucifix amid the destruction.

The French government has thanked Filipinos for their heartfelt messages following the fire that gutted parts of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

“French President Macron has vowed to rebuild this iconic 850-year old UNESCO world heritage landmark,” the embassy of France said in a statement today (Tuesday, April 16). 

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“The Embassy of France in Manila would like to thank our friends in the Philippines for their heartfelt messages.

“We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny,” President Macron told reporters.

The fire hit the 850-year-old cathedral yesterday evening and lasted for several hours until it was contained this morning. 

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The blaze destroyed the buildings iconic spire and much of its roof. However, the main structure, including the two bell towers, were saved. Investigations are continuing into its cause.

Also today, the Malacañang has offered thoughts and prayers to the French community following the fire.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace was “deeply saddened and bothered” by the blaze which engulfed the 850-year-old cathedral.

Panelo sympathised with the “pain and sorrow” felt by the millions upon hearing about the fire in a place of worship, and also expressed support for the government of France as it rebuilds the iconic cathedral.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France as well as in solidarity with the rest of the world for this heartbreaking incident,” he said in a statement.

“We wish the French nation all the best as they undertake efforts to rebuild this great monument in Paris restored to its majestic sight.”

Panelo described the Notre Dame Cathedral as an “architectural treasure” and “symbol of Catholicism” admired by generations through time.

“The Notre Dame Cathedral is an architectural treasure, symbol of Catholicism which housed several historical artefacts, and beloved icon immortalised by French novelist Victor Hugo through one of his novels,” he said, referring to the 1831 story The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

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