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Fire at Notre-Dame de Paris: French symbol in the flames of the Belgian and local press

On Tuesday, the French press recalled with great sadness the tragedy of the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

In the Belgian editions, editors are also located at the “foot of the monument”, which turned out to be the cause of the “universal drama”. French headlines pay homage to “Our Lady of Tears” in the Parisian edition, “The Sad Lady” in Figaro. Les Echoes speak of the “tragedy of Paris”, and the Catholic newspaper La Croix claims that the “heart” of the capital is “in ashes.”

Editor Libération Guillaume Huber speaks of France as “an amazing country that was deeply de-Christianized, but suddenly felt how her heart sank at the sight of a fiery church. It is safe to bet: the Virgin of Paris will be reborn from the ashes, all the people will watch the restoration and subsequently celebrate the opening of the new doors of the Church. ”

Etienne de Monteti in Figaro notes that “emotions are endless” in France, “believers and atheists, art lovers or his opponents – all gathered in front of the Council in a single burst of fear: the soul, the greatness and beauty of France was embraced by fire, and the news became the source infinite sadness. ”

Notre Dame Cathedral – “is not only a religious building, but also one of the cements of the French people, even without awareness of this phenomenon,” Laurent Boden emphasizes in Alsace, regretting that “this is a big pan” from the history of the French on Monday evening smoke.
“When the spire of the Cathedral collapsed at 8 o’clock in the evening, the heart of the whole country smarted agonizingly. You do not need to be a Catholic or even a Christian to experience this sense of loss deeply, ”continues Pascal Kokvis in the latest Alsace news.

“Indeed, all the people are mourning this symbol of France today,” says Yann Marek in Midi Libre.

“The fire in the religious building prompted French President Emanuel Macron to cancel his speech, scheduled for Monday evening, at the end of the great debate caused by the crisis of“ yellow vests. ” Newspaper editor Lorraine Michelle Klekowitzky, like many of his colleagues, noted that “the flame of Notre Dame has silenced the president. It was intended to extinguish the public fire that was brewing in his country, ”summed up the general tone of Lorraine, emphasizing the political symbolism of the event.

Francois Versletletto in West-France also speaks of “global emotions at the height of the fire,” emphasizing that Belgian newspapers also sympathize with what happened.

“Paris is no longer Paris,” notes La Libre Belgique with excitement, while “it is part of the heritage of Mankind that was left on fire this evening, and part of the soul of the City of Lights.”

“Loss is priceless” – such a title can be read in the publication Abner. “There are monuments to which time stops and presidents bow their heads,” says Philip Martin. He recalls the value of ancient monuments, “which give us explanations about the civilizations of the people that preceded us, about who we are and where we are from.”

“If the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris causes such emotions in our restless and virtualized century, then it is possible only because the masters of the twelfth century knew how to touch our souls and give us a message that is universal, inherent and superior to something in each of us, ”says one of the Belgian publications.

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