French President Vows to Rebuild Notre Dame


Source: AFP/Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire swept through the 850-year-old building.

Standing near the historic landmark late Monday evening, Macron praised firefighters who worked tirelessly to extinguish the flames and save the facade and the cathedral’s famous two towers.

“The worst has been avoided although the battle is not yet totally won,” Macron said of the fire, which devasted a good portion of the building.

“Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations,” an emotional Macron told French citizens. “I say this to you solemnly this evening: we will rebuild this cathedral. All together.”

“And it is certainly a part of our destiny as France and our project for years to come,” Macron said in a televised address.

The French President revealed a fundraising effort will be launched nationally and the country will appeal internationally for help from the most “talented people” around the world to help rebuild the cathedral.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, which is believed to be linked to construction work.