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Notre-Dame: People are weeping in the streets. I weep with them.

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Our Notre-Dame de Paris burning! My Paris! Am heartbroken. Horrified to watch the huge blaze engulfing and devastating Notre-Dame Cathedral. The images are terrible, unbearable. The flames raging through the main spire and its roof. Both then collapsing. Intense emotion and powerlessness at seeing this awe-inspiringly beautiful 850-year-old cathedral ravaged by fire.

Flames and smoke rise as the spire on Notre Dame cathedral collapses.Credit:AP

It is not possible to think of Paris without thinking of Notre-Dame. It is geographically at the heart of Paris, as it is kilometre zero. It is loved by Parisians, by French people, indeed people all around the world. It has withstood many centuries and wars. Its bells rang out calling all Parisians to celebrate the end of the Second World War. It is not only the most important for the Catholic Church........

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