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International sorrow as fire ravages Notre-Dame in Paris

AFP  |  Paris 

International leaders voiced their sorrow and solidarity with the French people as fire ravaged the iconic in on Monday.

Here are some reactions delivered through statements and tweets.

- - ================== "belongs to the whole of humanity. It has inspired writers, painters, philosophers and visitors who have come from all round the world." - "of is Notre-Dame of the whole of We are all with today." -

- Vatican - =========== "We express our closeness with French Catholics and with the Parisian population. We pray for the firefighters and for all those who are trying their best to tackle this dramatic situation." - Vatican

- - ================== "Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing -- a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of " -

- Trump - ========= "So horrible to watch the massive fire at in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!" - US

- - ======== "Saddened that -- that iconic monument dedicated to the worship of our one God & that brought all of us closer through Hugo's literary masterpiece -- is partially destroyed after standing through wars & revolution for 800 yrs. Our thoughts are w/ the French & all Catholics." -

- - =================== "Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic Notre Dame fire -- and for everyone in and beyond who watches and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met with " - of Canterbury

- - ================ "Notre Dame is one of the world's great treasures, and we're thinking of the people of in your time of grief. It's in our nature to mourn when we see history lost -- but it's also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can." - US ex-

- - ================== "The majesty of Notre Dame -- the history, artistry, and spirituality -- took our breath away, lifting us to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Being here in Paris tonight, my with the people of France. Yet I know that Notre Dame will soon awe us again." - Former

- - =========== "on fire, a huge emotion, Victor Hugo, a part of the history of France, of My thoughts and support for our French friends." - Belgian

- Britain - =========== "My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral." - British

- - ========= "The Arab Republic of affirms that it is following, with pain and sorrow, the Notre-Dame Cathedral catching fire, especially that this monument is of important cultural and historic significance for France and as part of the world's heritage." - Egyptian foreign ministry

- - =========== "These horrible images of Notre-Dame on fire are painful. Notre-Dame is a symbol of France and of our European culture. Our thoughts are with our French friends." - German Angela Merkel's - - ========== "The catastrophe of Notre-Dame in Paris deeply saddens us. It is not only a national catastrophe for France but also for and for world heritage. Emmanuel Macron, we are by your side." - Greek

- - ========= "A blow to the heart for the French and for us all Europeans." - Italian Prime Minister

- - =========== "Sadness envelopes the world to see Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire. An indescribable catastrophe for heritage and for humanity. is in full solidarity with its friends, the French people." - Lebanese Prime Minister

- - =============== "have been hit hard by a destructive fire at Notre-Dame, one of the most emblematic buildings on our continent. This devastating fire is felt throughout the whole of Europe." - Dutch Prime Minister

- - ========== "Heart-breaking to see Notre-Dame in flames in my favourite city Paris. Hope as much as possible can be saved." - Norwegian Prime Minister

- - ========== "In March it was Saint-Sulpice (church in Paris hit by fire), and today it is Notre-Dame. A tragedy for believers; a catastrophe for world culture and art." - Polish President

- - ========= "We are following with alarm the arriving from Paris of the fire at Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Sad for our history and our universal cultural heritage." - Prime Minister

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 10:20 IST