Notre-Dame fire: Prime Minister Modi writes to French President; expresses solidarity

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 17, 2019, 07.42 PM (IST) Siddhant Sibal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron in the aftermath of the devastating fire in Notre-dame cathedral in Paris. 

Expressing shock and sadness over the devastating fire, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity and the solidarity of the people of India with the people of France.

He called the incident a national loss for France and commended the French determination to rebuild the landmark cathedral.

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Earlier the Indian embassy in France tweeted and called the incident heartbreaking.

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The French envoy to India Alexandre Ziegler in a tweet said that he is "deeply moved by the outpouring of messages sent from all over India after the fire at the Notre-dame. It’s also in such times that one can gauge the value of friendship. Thank you India!" the tweet read. 

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A massive fire engulfed the iconic cathedral on Monday evening, destroying its roof and causing the spire to fall down. The cathedral has been dominating Paris's skyline with millions of tourist visited it annually.

The scenes of fire engulfing the Paris landmark has shocked Europe and the rest of the world. World leaders from US President Trump to China's Xi Jinping have been expressing their support to France after the mishap.
 

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Expressing shock and sadness over the devastating fire, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity and the solidarity of the people of India with the people of France.