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Fire breaks out at Paris iconic Notre Dame Cathedral

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday (April 15), gutting the roof of the Paris landmark stunning France and the world, but firefighters managed to save the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse.

Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the eight centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof.

As it burned into the evening, firefighters battled to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing and tried to rescue religious relics and priceless artwork. One firefighter was seriously injured – the only reported casualty.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Archpriest of Notre Dame Cathedral Patrick Chauvet mourned the blaze.

The two paid tribute to the cathedral which has formed an important part of French history, with Hidalgo saying it was “a tragedy for the whole world.”

Chauvet confessed he was devastated by the fire.

Hidalgo praised the city’s solidarity in coming together to save the cathedral’s works of art and objects of worship, saying she had been able to work quickly with the Archpriest as well as the city of Paris and Minister of Culture Franck Riester.

Objects saved included the renowned centuries-old Crown of Thorns made from reeds and gold, believed by many to have been worn by Jesus, as well as the tunic of 13th-century king of France, Saint Louis.

Chavet, however, said it had been impossible to save some of the bigger paintings.

Firefighters managed to save the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse after the fire burst rapidly through the roof of the cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof. (REUTERS)

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“Macron, resign!” — yellow vest protesters back in Paris

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Yellow vest protesters in Paris on January 5, 2019 | REUTERS

Thousands of yellow vest protesters were back on the streets of Paris on Saturday (January 5), flooding the Champs Elysees and calling for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron, though with no signs of the violence which has marred recent demonstrations.

In the eighth consecutive week of nationwide protests, people wearing the familiar high-visibility vests which have become their symbol called for a boost in purchasing power and direct democracy via a “people’s initiative referendum”.

Unusually, the protests in the capital were organised and the Paris police department was alerted to their planned route.

The protesters marched from the Champs Elysees to the city’s former stock exchange in the busy shopping district around the Grands Boulevards.

No immediate figures for participation were available but the numbers in the streets have been steadily declining in recent weeks.

Saturday’s protest comes after the French government on Friday dismissed the protesters as agitators whose only goal was to topple it, signaling a toughening stance against the movement. — Reuters

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Giant ice rink opens under the dome of Paris’ Grand Palais

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

 

Paris Grand Palais | REUTERS

Paris’ Grand Palais hosts, the biggest “indoor” and skating rink of the world, according to its creators, with 3000 square meters of ice.

For the fourth edition, a seven meters high polar bear sculpture, created by Richard Orlinski artist, stands at the center of the ice rink.

Around 3,000 pairs of ice skates are available for visitors, including children, who have their own reserved space.

On Monday, during lunchtime, French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (Olympic silver medalists), as well as Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, were training on the Paris’ Grand Palais ice.

At night, from 9 p.m a DJ transforms the place into a dancefloor up until 2 a.m. — Reuters

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Seven wounded in Paris knife attack

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

 

Still photograph of police investigators at scene | REUTERS

French police detained a man who wounded seven people in a knife attack in downtown Paris late on Sunday (September 9), a judicial source said early on Monday (September 10), adding there was no initial indication the attack was linked to terrorism.

Four of the victims suffered severe wounds, the source said.

Local media reported two of the victims were British. — Reuters

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