PARIS: Nations expressed solidarity with France after the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and offered their support for the recovery.
Monday's fire collapsed the spire and burned through the roof of the 12th-century building, sparking an outpouring of grief and reminiscing of visits to the Parisian landmark. President Donald Trump called the cathedral "one of the great treasures of the world."
Pope Francis, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK's Prince Charles all expressed their sadness following the news. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed sadness over the fire he described as a "heritage and humanitarian disaster." Hariri added in a tweet late Monday that Lebanon expresses strong solidarity with the "friendly French people."
Architects who restored Windsor Castle after a fire devastated the oldest inhabited castle in the world had a message for France: Notre-Dame Cathedral will reign magnificent again over Paris, possibly sooner than grieving Parisians expect.