Paris Cathedral in flames

While the jihadists celebrated online, France and the world mourned the destruction of a glorious symbol of Western civilisation.

The French Prime Minster stated the worst is over, and the country will rebuild. "It's the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations", he said. It has been the epicenter of our lives, ' Macron said from the scene.

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught on fire. The cause is yet unknown but officials said it was possibly linked to ongoing renovation work.

Despite the dramatic image of the flaming cathedral, no one was killed.

Paris firefighters spokesman Gabriel Plus said "the entire fire is out" and that emergency services are now "surveying the movement of the structures and extinguishing smoldering residues".

Firefighters continued working through the night to cool the building and secure the monument and announced on Tuesday morning the fire had been extinguished.

The student's hope what was damaged during the fire can be fixed, because they can't imagine returning home and not having the cathedral there.

Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Speaking alongside junior Interior minister Laurent Nunez late Monday, police chief Jean-Claude Gallet said "two thirds of the roofing has been ravaged".

The fire came less than a week before Easter amid Holy Week commemorations.

Russian experts are ready to participate in the restoration of the landmark French Notre Dame cathedral, but they have to understand first what kind of assistance France will need, Russian Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation and Ambassador at Large Mikhail Shvydkoy told Sputnik.

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers. Gallet said firefighters would keep working overnight to cool down the building. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.

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