A devastating fire swept through Notre Dame in Paris.
The cathedral that welcomes 13-million every year; the structure that took almost two centuries to build beginning in the year 1163, suffered engulfing flames that took most of it down in 2 hours including two-thirds of the roof.
There’s no shortage of conspiracy theories about the cause of the fire doing the rounds on social media, but one was very quickly and effectively shut down during an interview on Fox News.
The interviewee is Philippe Karsenty, the deputy mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine and a long-term right-wing activist, who opened up by referring to churches being desecrated every week across France.
Fox News anchor Shep Smith quickly stepped in when Karsenty goes on to say of the Notre Dame fire: “Of course, you will hear the story about political correctness which will tell you it was probably an accident.
Smith tells him: “Sir, we are not going to speculate here about the cause of something you don’t know. If you have observations or you know something we would love to hear it.”
As Karsenty speaks again to say that people need “to be ready,” Smith tells him: “No sir, we are not doing that here. Not on my watch.
Karsenty was convicted of defamation in 2013 for accusing a state television network of staging a video that depicted a Palestinian boy being killed in a firefight between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces – The Guardian
The iconic 760-tonne spire carved out of Oakwood; one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and a ‘geographic bearing’ collapsed in a hip – the most upsetting and sad moments as the inferno ate away the Cathedral.
About 400 firefighters battled the inferno on the 260 meter high spire to no avail.
The national collection launched in France
A national collection has been launched this morning by the Foundation for French Heritage. Here’s the link.
Funding is already coming in from other sources. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, who was at the scene on Monday evening, promised an immediate fundraising campaign would be launched as well as an appeal to international experts to help rebuild Notre Dame.