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Al-Sisi voices solidarity with France over Notre-Dame Cathedral blaze

Tuesday 16/April/2019 - 08:50 AM
Egypts President
Egypts President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi
Nada Moustafa
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi expressed on Monday solidarity of the Egyptian people with France at the fire engulfing the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

“I was very saddened to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris”، Al-Sisi wrote on his official account on “Twitter”، adding “The loss of such a great humanitarian monument represents a great loss for all mankind”

“I declare the solidarity of the Egyptians with the people of France، wishing to rectify the outcome of this moment of humanity as soon as possible”، the President tweets.

Noteworthy، Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark، one of France’s most visited places.

Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and quickly engulfed the spire، which collapsed.

“Everything is collapsing،” a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn.

Firefighters cleared the area around the cathedral، which marks the very centre of Paris. Buildings around were evacuated.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze.

“A terrible fire is under way at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris،” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.

France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident.

The cathedral، which dates back to the 12th century، features in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It attracts millions of tourists every year.

Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations، with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works.


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