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Shock, catastrophe for Europe: World leaders react to Notre Dame fire

World leaders have been reacting with horror to the devastating fire which has ravaged Paris iconic Notre Dame cathedral and caused part of the 800-year-old beloved Gothic structure to collapse.

The building, one of the most important for Christians worldwide, and a major part of Frances cultural heritage, was heavily damaged by the quick-spreading fire on Monday. The fate of the iconic structure is hanging in the balance as firefighters have warned that they are "not sure" whether the fire can be contained.

The spire and roof of the landmark church have already crumbled after being engulfed in the flames, which quickly spread to one of the rectangular towers of the historic building as tourists and Parisians looked on in dismay.

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US President Donald Trump, reacting on Twitter, said it was "horrible to watch" the church burn and suggested that "flying water tankers" could be used to put it out. First Lady Melania Trump also offered sympathies, saying her “heart breaks” for the people of France.

So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019

My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyones safety.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 15, 2019

The fire is a "catastrophe" for France and all of Europe, the flames ravaging "850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Lincendie de Notre Dame est une catastrophe pour la France et pour lEurope. Les flammes ravagent 850 ans dhistoire, darchitrecture, de peinture et de sculpture. Cela va être difficile à oublier. La France peut compter sur nous pour récuperer la grandeur de son patrimoine.

— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) April 15, 2019

UK Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted that her thoughts "are with the people of France" and the emergency services still fighting the "terrible blaze,” while German chancellor Angela Merkel said through a spokesperson that she was "deeply saddened" by the fire and was thinking of “our French friends.”

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

In a statement, the Vatican said the fire had caused "shock and sadness" and that it was praying for the firefighters. "We express our closeness to French Catholics and the population of Paris and we ensure them of our prayers," Vatican spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti said.

Le Saint-Siège a appris avec incrédulité et tristesse la nouvelle du terrible incendie qui a ravagé la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, symbole de la chrétienté, en France et dans le monde.

— Alessandro Gisotti (@AGisotti) April 15, 2019

Breaking: #Vatican spokesman @AGisotti says Holy See is experiencing "shock and sadness" over devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in France. "We express our closeness to French Catholics and the population of Paris and we ensure them of our prayers," he states.

— Joshua McElwee (@joshjmac) April 15, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pence also tweeted to say it was “heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames” and offered prayers for firefighters and the people of Paris, while former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said the cathedral was “a symbol of our ability as Read More – Source

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