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Notre-Dame de Paris fire: a surge of support in the Middle East

The violent fire that ravaged the Parisian monument aroused emotion in the Middle East. The building is perceived as a symbol of France and its capital.

A major fire broke out on Monday in the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. The fire, which ravaged the roof and spire of the building, required several hours of firefighting to be brought under control. The disaster aroused emotion in Paris, in France, but also in the world, where the monument, which is more than six centuries old, is perceived as a symbol of France and its capital.

“A sad evening for France”

In the Middle East, messages of support from heads of state and officials soon flowed in. “I express my deep sadness at the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, this architectural masterpiece. All our support to our French brothers,” said Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt.



“It’s a sad evening for France, and the whole world,” said Khalid Al Ankary, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to France on the social network.



The same emotion was felt in Lebanon, where Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave himself a tweet of support: “Sadness embraces the world at the sight of the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. An indescribable patrimonial and human disaster. All the solidarity of Lebanon with the French people.”



The cathedral, which has suffered extensive damage, will require several decades and hundreds of thousands of euros in repairs.

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Published on 16 April 2019