April 18, 2019
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was in Paris, France for a conference at the AccorHotels Arena on the same day when the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire. The incident turned the mood of her visit sour.
According to pictures, the former first lady was on a cruise when the news came through about the fire.
She boarded just across from the Eiffel Tower for a dinner cruise experience along the Seine River. Obama was hosted by famous chef Alain Ducasse and joined by others.
Photos showed her sipping wine before allegedly finding out the news that the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire. The mood changed as the former first lady was pictured frowning while looking at someone’s phone.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama on the Ducasse Sur Seine while the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire | Photo: TMZ
The course of the cruise also changed when the luxury boat's captain made the decision to take a different route than the one that had been planned. The change occurred for them to avoid the Notre Dame fire.
However, dinner was still served. Despite the massive inferno that took over the cathedral, the landmark building is still standing but the restoration process will take at least five years, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama on the Ducasse Sur Seine while the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire | Photo :TMZ
Obama took to Twitter with a few words of encouragement to the French people and the world. She wrote: “The majesty of Notre Dame—the history, artistry, and spirituality—took our breath away, lifting us to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Being here in Paris tonight, my heart aches with the people of France. Yet I know that Notre Dame will soon awe us again.”
She retweeted her husband, former President Barack Obama’s message to France in her post. The former president’s note included an old image of him and his family lighting candles at the cathedral.
In another post on Instagram, the former first lady shared about her first time visiting the cathedral. Around 500 firefighters worked through the night and only managed to put out the flames 14 hours later.
Authorities said they suspected the fire was caused by accident while the cathedral was going through renovations. Investigators will only be able to enter the cathedral when experts are satisfied that the building is structurally sound.
The former president’s message to France read:
“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.”