Public Figures, Celebrities React to Notre-Dame Fire
As hundreds of people in Paris, and all around the world, stood helpless watching the Notre-Dame Cathedral burn, world leaders, celebrities and public figures took to social media to share the sentiment of sadness over the tragedy.
Notre Dame, one of Paris and France’s most famous landmarks and historical buildings was set ablaze on Monday.
Although an investigation to determine the origin of the fire is still on the way, members of the Paris fire department believe the incident is "potentially connected" to a renovation project currently underway.
"Nothing shows that it's an intentional act," said Paris Prosecutor Rémy Heitz in a press conference on Tuesday.
The fire devastated large parts of the 850-year-old Gothic church. The iconic spire and roof of the building were destroyed, but the twin medieval bell towers were spared after firefighters spend 12 hours fighting the flames.
PUBLIC FIGURES REACT
As people in Paris took to social media to share videos of the building engulfed in flames, world leaders, celebrities and other public figures took to their accounts to share their words of disbelief over the incident, with most mentioning the cultural and historical importance of the cathedral.
President Donald Trump earned backlash for his tweet, as he seemed to make suggestions on how to put the fire:
The French Interior Ministry's Civil Security and Crisis Management agency rebuffed Trump’s proposal, pointing out that dropping water from an aircraft was counterproductive, as it could damage the cathedral’s structure.
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.— Sécurité Civile (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.,” Obama captioned the post.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister, added:
Absolutely heartbreaking to see the Notre-Dame Cathedral in flames. Canadians are thinking of our friends in France as you fight this devastating fire.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 15, 2019
First lady Melania Trump tweeted:
My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyone’s safety.— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) April 15, 2019
Anne Hathaway shared a photo of one of the cathedral's famed stained-glass windows, reflecting on the spiritual importance of such a sacred building:
"I know this is an inspired representation of an even greater divinity. I know this blessed place is a human-made interpretation of what is mysterious, unknowable, and undefinable and while seeing her burn brings tears to my eyes, I know even flames cannot diminish her sacredness. Still, not her. Please. Not her. #notredame #ourlady."
“Havana” singer, Camila Cabello, tweeted: "My heart is breaking seeing the fire at Notre Dame. I’ll never forget walking in the first time in Paris and being in awe of the beauty of it."
Maisie Williams, from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” made a pause on her birthday celebration to share her sadness with French people:
Interrupting my birthday to express how much pain I’m in watching the Notre Dame fire unfold. Such an incredible building. I’m so sad— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 15, 2019
“This is just devastating. Mes sympathies à Paris" added “Grey's Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes.
This is just devastating. Mes sympathies à Paris. https://t.co/f9fG3cJNIj— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 15, 2019
MACRON VOWS TO REBUILD THE BUILDING
While people all over the world keep mulling on the significant loss of part of Notre Dame, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, vowed to rebuild the cathedral and asked anyone willing to help to come forward.
Immediately, some of France wealthiest families pledged a combined €500 million to help re-build the building.
LVMH (LVMHF), which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Givenchy, promised €200 million, describing Notre Dame as a "symbol of French heritage and unity.”
According to experts, the process will be expensive and lengthy, but immediate steps will need to be taken to prevent further damage to the now vulnerable structure.