Paris: Various world leaders took to twitter to express their condolences and regrets after the Notre-Dame blaze in Paris.
US President Donald Trump wrote God bless the people of France after the tragedy.
God bless the people of France!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the people of France and the fire fighters trying to calm the situation.
My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk called on all 28 states to take part in the rebuilding process of the Notre-Dame. He compared it to the tragedy that took place in Gdansk.
I’d like to say words of comfort and solidarity with the French nation, also as citizen of Gdańsk, 90% destroyed and burnt, later rebuilt. You will also rebuild your cathedral!— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 16, 2019
From Strasbourg, French capital of the EU, I call on all 28 States to take part in this task.#NotreDame
UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed horror and sadness at the devastation of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris as fire tore through the 12th-century symbol of faith and architectural brilliance, days just before the world will celebrate Easter.
The colossal fire swept through the famed cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky.
"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. My thoughts are with the people and government of France," Secretary-General Guterres said in a tweet as images began to flash on television and social media of a burning Notre- Dame Cathedral.
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. My thoughts are with the people and government of France. https://t.co/KnLegnlRFH— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 15, 2019
Pope Francis stands with France and is praying for Roman Catholics and Parisians alike after a devastating fire raged through the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city," the Vatican said Tuesday.
"The pope is close to France, he is praying for French Catholics and for the people of Paris in face of the terrible fire which has ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral," the head of the Vatican press office Alessandro Gisotti wrote on Twitter. "He offers his prayers to those trying to face up to this dramatic situation," he added.
Le Pape est proche de la France, il prie pour les catholiques français et pour la population parisienne sous le choc du terrible incendie qui a ravagé la cathédrale #NotreDame. Il assure de ses prières tous ceux qui s'efforcent de faire face à cette situation dramatique.— Alessandro Gisotti (@AGisotti) April 16, 2019
Audrey Azoulay, head of UNESCO – the Paris-based UN agency for education, science and culture – also expressed her "deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral." Azoulay said that UNESCO is closely monitoring the situation and is standing by the French people's side to "safeguard and restore this invaluable heritage." The Organisation elevated Notre-Dame, widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture, to world heritage status in 1991.
"Deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral #NotreDame de Paris, inscribed as #WorldHeritage in 1991. @UNESCO is closely monitoring the situation and is standing by France's side to safeguard and restore this invaluable heritage." https://t.co/WsGoSym4gD— UNESCO (@UNESCO) April 15, 2019
The President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa said in a tweet that she is "deeply saddened” by the images of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral. One of the jewels of French and European cultural heritage, the cathedral was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. "I stand with the people and government of France," she said.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame has been a gift of civilization to all humanity, and we are of one spirit with the French people this evening. https://t.co/Hwx1I4iCaH— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 16, 2019