International sorrow as fire ravages Notre Dame in Paris

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(Paris) – Around 400 firefighters were attempting to stop the destruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral, describing the blaze as “difficult” to handle.

Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told the BFM news channel that firefighters had entered the cathedral and had brought out some of its priceless artworks.

But they had been forced to withdraw as the flames spread rapidly through the wooden beams holding up the roof.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) on Monday towards the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was partly gutted by a devastating fire.

“We will rebuild Notre-Dame together”, an emotional French President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Monday evening as he visited the famed Paris cathedral which was partly ravaged by fire.

With tears in his eyes, Macron said that “the worst has been avoided” thanks to the work of firefighters who battled for hours to save the Gothic cathedral´s two towers and facade.

He vowed to draw on “the best talent” to rebuild what had been destroyed.

He said that “starting tomorrow” he would launch an international appeal for the restoration of the beloved church.

Here are some of the reactions delivered through statements and tweets.