How World Leaders and Politicians Reacted to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire

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On Monday, April 15, a major fire severely damaged the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

The fire broke out in the upper part of the cathedral around 6:50 p.m. Paris time. It started in the attic of the building before spreading to the entire structure. The spire and two-third of the roof collapsed. Built in the 12th and 13th century, Notre-Dame de Paris is the most visited monument in Europe.


Everyone from Donald Trump to the Met Museum in New York reacted.

Translation: Notre-Dame Cathedral, we will rebuild it. Together. It’s a part of our French destiny. I’ll be involved: starting tomorrow, a sign-up will be launched nationally and beyond our borders.

Translation: Horrified by the images of the fire that devastated the Notre-Dame Cathedral – a unique jewel of global heritage that has reigned over Paris since the 14th century. My thoughts go out to the people at the French government.

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I will never forget the first time I walked into the Notre Dame Cathedral. I was a teenager on a school trip to Paris. It was my very first international trip, and until then, I hadn’t seen much outside of the South Side neighborhood I grew up in. But the majesty of Notre Dame—the history, the artistry, the spirituality—took my breath away. The feeling was almost indescribable—a place that lifts you to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Every time I’ve visited in the years since, including as First Lady, I felt the same thing. So being here in Paris tonight, my heart aches with the people of France. Yet I know that the Notre Dame I experienced all those years ago, as so many others have over the centuries, will soon awe us again.

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