Fire damages Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

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The iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris suffered considerable damage following a fire on 15 April 2019.

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Fire alarms went off at around 6.30 pm, shortly after an evening mass started and as thousands still gathered inside the cathedral. While everyone was evacuated into safety, the roof of Notre-Dame was severly damaged and the spire eventually collapsed. Firefighters managed to fully extinguish the fire in the early hours of the following day.

Several police sources stated the were working on the assumption that the fire had been an accident. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral following the fire. Groups and individuals also mobilised to help rebuild the monument, and hundreds of millions of euros were pledged since then to finance the required work.

The Notre-Dame cathedral - considered among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture - has been seen as a symbol of French culture heritage as it played a central role throughout France's history. The 850-year-old cathedral attracts 13 million visitors a year and is one of France's most popular sights.

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The Economist, 17/04/2019: France agonises over the fire that devastated Notre Dame
Euro|topics, April 2019: Notre-Dame in flames
The Conversation, 18/04/2019: Notre Dame: a history of medieval cathedrals and fire
BBC News, 20/04/2019: Notre-Dame fire: Eight centuries of turbulent history
The Guardian, 22/04/2019: Victor Hugo gave Notre Dame life as the vibrant heart of France. It can be reborn

Politico, 15/04/2019: Macron vows to rebuild Notre Dame after fire
The Guardian, 16/04/2019: World leaders react to devasting Notre Dame fire in Paris
Reuters, 16/04/2019: Notre-Dame smoulders as investigation begins
BBC News, 16/04/2019: Notre-Dame: Massive fire ravages Paris cathedral
EurActiv, 16/04/2019: ‘We are all with Paris today’: International sorrow as fire ravages Notre-Dame
Politico, 16/04/2019: Notre Dame fire shakes France, tests Macron
BBC News, 16/04/2019: Notre-Dame fire: Millions pledged to rebuild cathedral
EurActiv, 16/04/2019: Europe ‘wounded’ by Notre-Dame fire, EU pledges help
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BBC News, 23/04/2019: Notre-Dame fire: Rain threatens France's damaged cathedral

European Commission [French], 15/04/2019: Déclaration du président Juncker suite à l'incendie à Notre-Dame, Paris

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