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Cyril Petit, a journalist at Le Journal du Dimanche, has compiled this extraordinary mosaic of the international press reaction to the fire:
Notre-Dame de Paris : 91 unes de journaux en France et dans le monde. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/AM39ODjH4n
The United Nations’ Paris-based cultural agency UNESCO has also promised to stand “at France’s side” to restore the site, which it declared a world heritage site in 1991.
“We are already in contact with experts and ready to dispatch an urgent mission to evaluate the damage, save what can be saved and start elaborating measures for the short- and medium-term,” UNESCO’s secretary general Audrey Azoulay said in a statement Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Australia’s prime minister has scotched the idea of having a government-backed Australian fund for people who want to help rebuild the cathedral, effectively saying the French can pay for it themselves.
“I’m sure that President Macron is able to deal with this as is the Catholic Church and, if individual Australians want to do something, well, it’s a free country - they can do whatever they like,” Scott Morrison said in comments that some Australians found jarring.
A national collection has been launched this morning by the Foundation for French Heritage. Here’s the link.
Funding is already coming in from other sources. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, who was at the scene on Monday evening, promised an immediate fundraising campaign would be launched as well as an appeal to international experts to help rebuild Notre Dame.
Two of the country’s richest tycoons pledged millions to the fund. François Pinault, the head of Kering, which owns fashion labels including Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Gucci, pledged €100m from his family’s fortune.
Shortly afterwards, Bernard Arnault, the owner of the group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy declared he would donate €200m.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, called for a “donors’ conference”, not only to raise money for the reconstruction but to involve experts from around the world.
The Vatican has has issued a statement through its spokesperson:The Vatican has has issued a statement through its spokesperson:
The Holy See has heard with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.The Holy See has heard with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.
We express our closeness to French Catholics and the people of Paris. We assure our prayers for the firemen and all those who are doing everything possible to deal with this dramatic situation.We express our closeness to French Catholics and the people of Paris. We assure our prayers for the firemen and all those who are doing everything possible to deal with this dramatic situation.
Italy’s own cathedrals have faced their own challenges, not least when it comes to funding for conservation.Italy’s own cathedrals have faced their own challenges, not least when it comes to funding for conservation.
The last major incident was a massive fire at the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 1997.The last major incident was a massive fire at the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 1997.
While the cause was never established the building was only reopened in September last year following extensive restoration and reconstruction.While the cause was never established the building was only reopened in September last year following extensive restoration and reconstruction.
At Notre Dame, under occasional showers of light rain, firefighters were this morning examining the building’s facade, walking across the tops of the bell-towers and along high viewing points favoured by tourists.At Notre Dame, under occasional showers of light rain, firefighters were this morning examining the building’s facade, walking across the tops of the bell-towers and along high viewing points favoured by tourists.
Several officers could be seen on one of the highest points of the north belfry inspecting damage. The esplanade in front of the cathedral, usually thronging with crowds with selfie-sticks was deserted, cordoned off by police.Several officers could be seen on one of the highest points of the north belfry inspecting damage. The esplanade in front of the cathedral, usually thronging with crowds with selfie-sticks was deserted, cordoned off by police.
The empty esplanade was scattered with flecks of black ash. Doctors from the neighbouring hospital came out in white coats to watch the scene.The empty esplanade was scattered with flecks of black ash. Doctors from the neighbouring hospital came out in white coats to watch the scene.
“It’s saved but who knows the full extent of damage?” worried an elderly woman, making her way through closed-off side-streets to a hospital appointment.“It’s saved but who knows the full extent of damage?” worried an elderly woman, making her way through closed-off side-streets to a hospital appointment.
Official confirmation that the fire was now out came through about an hour ago from the authorities.Official confirmation that the fire was now out came through about an hour ago from the authorities.
Gabriel Plus, spokesman for the Paris fire services, told journalists:Gabriel Plus, spokesman for the Paris fire services, told journalists:
“Throughout the night our work consisted of keeping an eye on the residue so the fire didn’t reignite and overseeing the structure of the building to make sure it didn’t collapse. We had to ensure the towers were not touched and this is the case,” Plus said.“Throughout the night our work consisted of keeping an eye on the residue so the fire didn’t reignite and overseeing the structure of the building to make sure it didn’t collapse. We had to ensure the towers were not touched and this is the case,” Plus said.
“We are satisfied and grateful that in risking their lives they (firefighters) safeguarded the structure of the two belfries the towers - and the works of art. Now, I can confirm the fire is completely out.”“We are satisfied and grateful that in risking their lives they (firefighters) safeguarded the structure of the two belfries the towers - and the works of art. Now, I can confirm the fire is completely out.”
After a horrendous night, some more good news this morning. Notre Dame’s organ, among the world’s most famous and biggest, remains intact.After a horrendous night, some more good news this morning. Notre Dame’s organ, among the world’s most famous and biggest, remains intact.
Paris’ deputy mayor, Emmanuel Gregoire, also told the French 24-hour news channel BFMTV that a plan to protect Notre Dame’s treasures had been successfully activated.Paris’ deputy mayor, Emmanuel Gregoire, also told the French 24-hour news channel BFMTV that a plan to protect Notre Dame’s treasures had been successfully activated.
The organ dates to the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry. It boasts an estimated 8,000 pipes.The organ dates to the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry. It boasts an estimated 8,000 pipes.
Gregoire also described “enormous relief” at the salvaging of pieces such as the purported Crown of Christ. The organ had been the focus of concern for many:Gregoire also described “enormous relief” at the salvaging of pieces such as the purported Crown of Christ. The organ had been the focus of concern for many:
The Cavaillé-Coll #organ in #NotreDame was dedicated in 1868. With more than 8.000 pipes and five manuals a truly magnificent instrument. Let's hope this treasure is not lost forever. #NotreDame #OrganMusic pic.twitter.com/og5men20yGThe Cavaillé-Coll #organ in #NotreDame was dedicated in 1868. With more than 8.000 pipes and five manuals a truly magnificent instrument. Let's hope this treasure is not lost forever. #NotreDame #OrganMusic pic.twitter.com/og5men20yG
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the aftermath of the catastrophic fire that ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday night. Here is what we know:Hello and welcome to our coverage of the aftermath of the catastrophic fire that ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday night. Here is what we know:
After a more than 12-hour battle involving 400 firefighters, the blaze was fully extinguished on Tuesday morning. The cathedral’s two 69-metre bell towers remain intact, but the spire and roof have been lost.After a more than 12-hour battle involving 400 firefighters, the blaze was fully extinguished on Tuesday morning. The cathedral’s two 69-metre bell towers remain intact, but the spire and roof have been lost.
The cause of the fire is not clear, but officials think it was an accident, possibly as a result of restoration work taking place, an investigation has been opened.The cause of the fire is not clear, but officials think it was an accident, possibly as a result of restoration work taking place, an investigation has been opened.
Fire officers saved a number of treasures inside the cathedral, including religious relics and smaller works of art. But the fate of some key artefacts is not known.Fire officers saved a number of treasures inside the cathedral, including religious relics and smaller works of art. But the fate of some key artefacts is not known.
As well as damage from the heat, experts also need to assess damage from the vast quantities of water firefighters poured into the cathedral.As well as damage from the heat, experts also need to assess damage from the vast quantities of water firefighters poured into the cathedral.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the cathedral, which he called “a part of us”, and appealed for help to do so.French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the cathedral, which he called “a part of us”, and appealed for help to do so.
Two of the country’s richest tycoons – François Pinault and Bernard Arnault – have pledged millions to the restoration fund.Two of the country’s richest tycoons – François Pinault and Bernard Arnault – have pledged millions to the restoration fund.
We will keep you up to date with the latest news developments from our reporters on the ground, as well as reaction and expert analysis. In the meantime here is our latest news wrap, and a potted history of the cathedral.We will keep you up to date with the latest news developments from our reporters on the ground, as well as reaction and expert analysis. In the meantime here is our latest news wrap, and a potted history of the cathedral.