Outrage over the Cathedral fire And burn a Church

In the shock of the fire in the Cathedral of Nantes has mixed on Sunday rage. The French heritage Officer Stéphane Bern defendant on Saturday morning, allegedly

Outrage over the Cathedral fire And burn a Church

In the shock of the fire in the Cathedral of Nantes has mixed on Sunday rage. The French heritage Officer Stéphane Bern defendant on Saturday morning, allegedly by arson, damage caused as a sign of a "terrible nihilism". "One wonders what has become of our society if nothing makes more sense and has value," he said of the newspaper "Le Parisien". "We are faced with the Problem of living together, when you are attacking places of worship."

Michaela Wiegel

Political correspondent, based in Paris.

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zuzusperren The police took on Saturday afternoon, a 39-year-old man from Rwanda who had been commissioned as a volunteer to the entrances to the Cathedral on Friday evening. On Sunday evening, the man came again. There is no connection to the fire and no further prosecution, as state's attorney Pierre Sennès.

The fire broke out in herds on Saturday morning, three in Fire, under the organ in the main nave and the two Aisles. The organ from the year 1620, which had survived the last major fire in 1972, unharmed, was almost totally destroyed. Organ mistress Marie-Thérèse Jehan, who looked at the damage on Saturday afternoon, said in tears: "This hits me in the Mark. One of the largest and oldest organs in France is irretrievably lost.“ Three hours, the fire service needed people to bring the fire under control. Also the painted glass Windows from the 15th century. Century, the go back to Anne de Bretagne, suffered heavy damage, an has been completely destroyed. On the first photos that were released by the diocese, are charred pile of debris in the interior, remains of the main organ, which fell to the floor.

the President of Emmanuel Macron thanked the firefighters, because they have "taken great risks to save this Gothic gem". Also with him are the flames aroused the memory of the fire in Notre-Dame in Paris on 15. April 2019, the cause of which remains unclear. "To Notre-Dame, the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul in the heart of Nantes in flames", from tweeted Macron from Brussels. Prime Minister Jean Castex inspected, accompanied by culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot and Minister of the interior, Gérald Darmanin on Saturday, the fire damage and promised government assistance in rebuilding.

The rightwing politician Philippe de Villiers demanded, to the new Church fire civilizational questions. "During the lock downs, the churches were closed. Now you burn,“ he said. The elites should think about the decline of the Occident. In fact, are deprived of in the past few months, countless churches in France, desecrated or fires have been damaged. At the beginning of July, the roof of St. Paul's Church in Corbeil-Essonnes, a suburb of Paris burned. In March 2019, a fire broke out in front of a wooden door of the parish Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. In February 2019, the Unknown made a fire in the Cathedral of Saint-Alain de Lavaur in the South West. In January 2019, the Saint-Jacob's Church in Grenoble, burned down. In five other churches, there was 2018 unexplained fires. In the Saint Peters Church in Orleans, the offender set fire to just touch leaves, they smeared also Graffiti on the Church walls. The investigators quoted, someone had written insults and "Allahu akbar" on the wall. Usually only the local press reported about it, if, as in Wihr-au-Val in Alsace or in Sumène in the vicinity of Montpellier Marie's statues are beheaded.

Updated Date: 20 July 2020, 09:20

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