“Symbol of France”, a disaster “terrible to see”, “heartbreaking scenes”: Berlin, London, Washington and other capitals, the Vatican or Jerusalem, the reactions multiplied Monday night after the fire which ravaged the cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris.
“Those horrible images of Notre Dame on fire hurt. Notre Dame is a symbol of France and our European culture. We are with our thoughts with French friends,” tweeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert.
– UNITED STATES
“It’s so terrible to witness this gigantic fire in Notre-Dame in Paris,” President Donald Trump tweeted as the fire was just beginning. “We must act quickly,” he added, advising the use of “water bombers”. Later, at the rostrum of a political meeting, he felt that the cathedral was “one of the great treasures of the world”. “It’s beyond the country, it’s beyond anything,” he continued.
“Notre Dame is one of the great treasures of the world, and we think of the people of France in this painful moment,” tweeted former President Barack Obama. “It’s in our nature to be in mourning when we lose our story – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as solid as we can.”
“Being in Paris this (Monday) evening, my heart is suffering with the people of France,” tweeted his wife Michelle. “But I know that Notre Dame will amaze us again”.
Prime Minister Theresa May addressed her “thoughts to the French population” and “to the emergency services who are fighting the terrible fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral”.
“London is in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. #NotreDame,” tweeted London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“The Holy See has learned with disbelief and sadness the news of the terrible fire that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral, a symbol of Christianity, in France and in the world,” responded the Vatican, expressing its “closeness” with French Catholics and Parisians.
“We express our solidarity with the Church of France in this period of Holy Week and we wish the best to this church and its faithful”, for its part declared the Catholic Church of the Holy Land in a statement distributed to Jerusalem.
“#NotreDamedeParis on fire, an immense emotion, Victor Hugo, a part of the History of France, of Europe. My thoughts and my support for our French friends. @EmmanuelMacron #paris #france, “wrote the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
The organization is standing at the “side of France to safeguard and rehabilitate this priceless heritage,” tweeted the director general, the former French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay.
– EUROPEAN UNION
“What a sad spectacle. How awful. I share the emotion of the French nation which is also ours,” wrote the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in a statement in French.
“Notre dame of Paris is Our cathedral of All Europe. We are all with Paris today,”,Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, wrote on his Twitter account.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “horrified by the images of the fire”. In a tweet, the former Portuguese Prime Minister adds that his “thoughts go to the people and the French government”.
“The fire at Notre-Dame is a catastrophe for France. And for Spain and Europe. The flames destroy 850 years of our history, our architecture, painting, sculpture. It will be hard to forget. France can count on us to regain the grandeur of its heritage,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
This is “a blow to the heart for the French and for us all Europeans,” tweeted in French, the head of government Giuseppe Conte.
“Terrifying fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. A thought for the people of Paris. From Italy all our proximity and all the help we can give,” wrote on his side the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini.
“Rome embraces Paris”, tweeted, also in French the mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi. “The Romans are with the citizens of Paris. A thought for all French people,” she added.
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wrote to his French counterpart to regret the fire of an “important symbol of the collective imagination”, which he described as “French, European and world tragedy”.
“A tragedy for believing people, a catastrophe for world culture and art,” wrote President Andrzej Duda on his Twitter account.
“It’s not just a national disaster for France, but also for Europe and World Heritage. Emmanuel Macron we are at the same sides,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted.
“Athens follows with great pain the fire of Notre Dame,” tweeted the mayor of Athens Georgios Kaminis.
“Shocking images of Paris. An emblem, a cultural heritage of humanity and one of the most beautiful works of art in the history of France, Notre-Dame is in flames,” wrote the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
“The destruction of this World Heritage architectural masterpiece is a disaster for all of humanity,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu said.
“The deepest solidarity with France and the French nation after the terrible fire at Notre Dame, a world symbol of civilization,” wrote Foreign Minister Israel Katz.
“The Cathedral of Notre Dame is truly a world heritage,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Monday at a press conference. “If the French government asked for help in any way, the Japanese government would study it with determination,” he added.
“Saddened that Notre-Dame – this iconic monument dedicated to the worship of our one God who has brought us all together through Hugo’s literary masterpiece – is partially destroyed after having gone through wars and revolution for 800 years. Our thoughts are with the French and all Catholics, “tweeted Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
“It breaks our heart to see the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. We think of our French friends, “tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Very saddened by the terrible fire that destroyed the great Notre-Dame cathedral. A sacred monument important for France and beyond. A terrible disaster,” tweeted Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash.
Cairo followed “with sadness and regret” the fire of Notre-Dame, which is a “part of World Heritage”, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We know that the French people, always at the forefront of world culture, will recover from this tragedy,” tweeted the opponent and self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido.
“On behalf of the Brazilians, I express my deep sadness after the terrible fire that devastated one of the greatest symbols of Christian and Western culture and spirituality, Notre Dame Cathedral,” tweeted President Jair Bolsonaro.
Neymar, the Brazilian star of PSG, tweeted “Pray for France” with a sketch where we see the hunchbacked Quasimodo sadly hugging a model of the cathedral.