The Guardian view on the Notre Dame fire: we share France’s terrible loss

The Guardian - Apr 15, 19:40 GMT

One of the great symbols of France has suffered terrible fire damage

One of the great symbols of France has suffered terrible fire damage. The whole of Europe is scarred too

It feels as though the very heart of France and the soul of Europe have been suddenly and viciously ripped out. The fire that coursed through large sections of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday evening was an act of blind and terrible destruction that causes a great stab of emotional pain to us all.

In a frighteningly short time it gutted and humbled one of the great buildings of Paris, in an act of annihilation of one of the emblematic places of Europe that had survived both the brutality of the French revolution and the world wars of the 20th century.

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