Notre Dame Cathedral on fire

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Looks like the roof is gone, a lot will depend on how much damage is done to the walls, it may not be possible to rebuild, even if it was affordable.
 


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Any word on the Hunchback ? Let's hope he is ok.
 

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This is tragic. It is a deep wound.

Very sad day.
 

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There has been a pattern of attacks on churches in France of late, this may well be part of that. The media in France have played these attacks down but the number of them as been rising.
 

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There has been a pattern of attacks on churches in France of late, this may well be part of that. The media in France have played these attacks down but the number of them as been rising.
The vindictiveness of atheists and secularists is really remarkable.
 

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Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
— Emmanuel Macron
 

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That's what France24 is reporting.

Spire in flames now.
Notre Dame is not just a church, it's the heart of France. It is a place that is a testament to the history of France and a place that the French people have rallied around in times of trouble. It is also a place that is built to the glory of God. So this is a tragedy not just for the people of France, but also for the people of the Christian faith around the world.
 

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Revenge for Christchurch?
You know, I haven’t posted on this site for a long time, spending my time on another politics forum instead, and coming back here for a moment and seeing the above types of posts reaffirms that I am glad to stay away.
 

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You know, I haven’t posted on this site for a long time, spending my time on another politics forum instead, and coming back here for a moment and seeing the above types of posts reaffirms that I am glad to stay away.
You were/are an excellent poster Ruserious. You're posts were always insightful and interesting. You are a loss to the site.
 

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There has been no reports of the recent attacks on churches in France being the work of atheists or secularists.

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French monitoring groups have cited an increase in attacks on churches and religious sites, with a record 47 documented in February, despite appeals for better protection from the country's Catholic bishops.

The groups' report said 15 vandalism attacks had been registered nationwide during the month, along with 15 robberies, 10 acts of profanation and one torching incident. It added that the worst had occurred at the gothic cathedral of Saint-Denis, near Paris, the historic burial place of French monarchs, which assailants had entered by smashing a historic stained-glass window, before wrecking the organ and choir-stalls.

The report follows growing concern over anti-clerical incidents in France, where Catholics nominally make up around 54 percent of the population of 67 million, according to surveys, but with only a small proportion attending Mass.
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It looks from the TV coverage that the Rose Window is still intact.
 

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I wonder if politicians just make things more difficult for the emergency services. I'd say that there's a lot of security with Macron and various security protocols to be followed. It's a sad sight. My mother in law stayed in a hotel across the street, 300 Euro a night.
Oh absolutely. Personally I think they should all stay away from these sorts of crisis situations because their presence only ever complicates things for the emergency services.
Although FWIW Anne Hidalgo apparently got there before President Macron. But I don't expect that to bother that poster's convictions in the slightest. "Socialist" - therefore whatever she does will be wrong, clearly. :oops:

Anne Hidalgo commented very early on, an hour or so ago - and what is your point in describing her as "Paris's Socialist mayor"? She is just the Mayor of Paris

And you can't dump tonnes of water on a medieval building. It would bring the whole thing down.
The fire brigade have said they're not even sure yet to be able to contain the fire to within the cathedral. The whole area could burn. It's an absolute disaster, although at least there don't seem to be any human casualties.
 

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Notre Dame is not just a church, it's the heart of France. It is a place that is a testament to the history of France and a place that the French people have rallied around in times of trouble. It is also a place that is built to the glory of God. So this is a tragedy not just for the people of France, but also for the people of the Christian faith around the world.

It has also been attacked various times by French people.
 


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