"Notre-Dame of Paris is in flames. Because that is what the French expect, because it is what our history deserves, and because it is our deep destiny". No one was killed but a firefighter was seriously injured.
Slovak officials respond to the fire at a Parisian landmark.
"The works of art, the most precious treasures were secured last night", Riester told reporters, thanking teams from city hall, the culture ministry, firefighters and the bishopric who worked to save the items. Kering also owns fashion brands such as Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. Rescuers formed a human chain at the site of the disaster to bring out as many artifacts as possible which have been stocked at the Paris town hall. The cause of the incident remains unknown.
While the Friends of Notre Dame website grappled with unprecedented traffic, two French billionaires pledged millions to help rebuild the cathedral. President Emmanuel Macron, who was due to give a speech on TV, rushed to the centuries-old cathedral accompanied with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
"I was very much looking forward to seeing the cathedral with my own eyes, having learned about the beauty of Notre-Dame and its history through a recent TV program", he said. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said on Twitter the pope "is close to France" and offering prayers "for all those who are trying to cope with this dramatic situation".
Construction group Vinci called on all building companies in France to join forces to fix Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in an "industry-wide skills sponsorship drive".
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Heitz said an initial fire alert was sounded at 6:20 p.m. Monday but no fire was found. "Notre Dame means something to everybody". Notre Dame is a symbol of France and of our European culture.
Austrian President Van der Bellen raised the French flag over his office in Vienna in a sign of solidarity with France.
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The Polish prime minister recalled how his nation's capital, Warsaw, was rebuilt after being destroyed by the Germans in World War II. "Slovakia stands with Paris and France tonight". "Yet I know that Notre Dame will soon awe us again".
The cathedral's famous 18th century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes also survived.
Offers of assistance flowed in from around the world to help restore the 12th century tourist attraction to its former glory.
Corporate and individual gifts poured in, along with offers of technical assistance, from France and overseas.
Head of the LVMH luxury goods group and multi-billionaire Bernard Arnault instantly became the biggest benefactor of an appeal launched by President Emmanuel Macron. Greece also offered to contribute to the restoration effort.
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