World leaders and millions of people from around the globe are mourning the damage wrought by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and have expressed solidarity with the French people in the wake of the blaze.
EU Council President Donald Tusk expressed his condolences after the fire broke at the cathedral.
Notre-Dame de Paris est Notre-Dame de toute l’Europe. We are all with Paris today.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 15, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also joined in the condolences.
Saddened that Notre Dame—that iconic monument dedicated to the worship of our one God & that brought all of us closer through Hugo's literary masterpiece—is partially destroyed after standing through wars & revolution for 800 yrs. Our thoughts are w/ the French & all Catholics.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 16, 2019
However, some contend that the restoration of the building could take years — the fire damaged parts of the building constructed in the 19th and 13th century.
Former US President Barack Obama said that Notre Dame was one of the world's great treasures.
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
UK Prime Minister Theresa May also supported the Parisians.
My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019
Parisians and tourists alike remained, aghast, in the area of Cite Island, where the cathedral is located. Many of them cried and prayed for the salvation of the symbol of Paris.
Ces moments qui nous rappellent que nos bâtiments historiques sont fragiles et précieux. De tout cœur avec les @PompiersParis qui font un travail formidable pour sauver #NotreDame ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BWxBY20KVi— Esther Armaignac (@EArmaignac) April 15, 2019
TWEET: These moments remind us that our historic buildings are fragile and precious. With all my heart the @PompiersParis who do a great job to save #OurDame
TWEET: A sad day for Europe… The Notre Dame de Paris in flames… # NotreDame #notredamedeParis
The social networks have launched the hashtag #prayfornotredame.
Не могу поверить. Собор, который строился почти 200 лет — сгорел, обрушилась кровля, часы, рухнул шпиль башни. Теперь в учебниках истории будущего будет сиять дата «15 апреля 2019», означающая страшный пожар и вместе с тем гибель Собора Парижской Богоматери. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/dhmLKrBPh6— aneleccor (@Aneleccor) April 15, 2019
TWEET: I can not believe it. The cathedral, which was under construction for almost 200 years, burned, the roof collapsed, the clock collapsed, and the spire of the tower collapsed. Now in the future history textbooks will shine the date "April 15, 2019", meaning a terrible fire and at the same time the death of the Notre Dame de Paris. #NotreDame
Users from all over the world post photos of the cathedral and also publish their stories and memories related to the "heart of Paris".