Queen Elizabeth II ‘Deeply Saddened’ By French Cathedral Fire

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris

But after a fire destroyed of the cathedral's spire and most of its roof on Monday, web users flocked to the site to donate for now-planned repairs. The cathedral was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and draws 12 million tourists a year.

According to the official Paris fire service Twitter account, almost 400 firefighters attended the scene, while "2 police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured".

France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's historic spire to global architects after Monday night's catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.

"Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral - a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century".

French President Emmanuel Macron said late Monday that he planned to launch a national fundraising campaign to rebuild the centuries-old cathedral.

"I was very much looking forward to seeing the cathedral with my own eyes, having learned about the beauty of Notre-Dame and its history through a recent TV program", he said. "Today's dying, we trust, will bring rising", Dolan said outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

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Investigators interviewed witnesses overnight and began speaking to the employees of five different construction companies which were working on the monument, said public prosecutor Remy Heitz. "We have everything to be able to rebuild it in exactly the same way", Culture Minister Franck Riester told France Inter, adding that the government was looking at ways to encourage donations. In a message to Macron, Italian President Sergio Mattarella wrote that the whole of Italy "stands in honest friendship with the people of France".

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the history of the famous Notre Dame cathedral. But had Adolf Hitler's dying Nazi regime survived just a few more days, and German forces obeyed his order to let Paris burn, Notre-Dame might have been reduced to ruins 75 years ago. François-Henri Pinault, who manages the family's businesses, is married to actress Salma Hayek.

Here are the reactions of the newspapers, including some French ones.

Despite the longer forecasts of decades of work, the rector of Notre-Dame, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, said he was hopeful of being back behind the pulpit before he retired.

The Fondation du Patrimoine, a private body that protects and enhances French heritage, said it intends to launch an global appeal for donations to help rebuild the cathedral.

And pledges of enormous donations together already worth hundreds of millions within hours flooded in from the business world in France.

In Poland, where Warsaw and many other places were rebuilt from rubble after World War II, President Andrzej Duda offered experts in the reconstruction of historic buildings.

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