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tv   The Day  Deutsche Welle  April 16, 2019 4:02am-4:31am CEST

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went up in flames today as the world watched just after seven pm local time the renowned notre dame cathedral was engulfed in giant plumes of smoke as flames ravage the medieval catholic church there is massive damage the spire has collapsed but firefighters say that the towers have been saved this symbol of the city of light tonight it shines no more. really this is the day. it's a thousand d.s. and his string that represents friends. i feel like air is destroying that was it not just to me.
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i feel the cathedral has been snatched away from. the. cultural heritage its front fence been hit today from suspending us to. our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world welcome we begin the day with what paris and the whole world lost today a massive fire gutted notre dame cathedral this evening the catholic church this medieval monument to french gothic architecture has been a fundamental part of the parisian soul for almost a millennium or tonight it took only an hour for the flames to turn notre dame's wooden frame and its towering spire recognized the world over into a smoldering rubble. a heart rending sight as the spire found striking at a symbol of french culture in the heart of paris. the massive blaze spread on words
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collapsing the roof and setting the wooden frame of the entire cathedral aflame. the alarm went off shortly before seven in the evening local time no saddam is burning spreading a brown black cloud across the sky her reasons and tourists looked on and heartbreak kept outside the security perimeter by authorities as ash fell in the vicinity. firefighters had a seemingly impossible task they had to work inside the building to save freshness artworks and outside to contain the blaze as it engulfed the roof now saddam is one of the world's most famous churches holding cultural treasures from nearly a thousand years of french and catholic history. the inferno brought french president a man your mouth crawl into the scene he had been scheduled to give an address to the nation. he tweeted that the fire
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awoke the emotion of the entire nation and that the cathedral was a part of all french people it's still unclear what started the blaze there's been no word about arson or foul play the fire may have started in connection with renovation work on the roof scaffolding could be seen around much of the church and just a few days ago statues were removed from the upper spire they at least will survive the flames. but that's little consolation as the blaze burns on into the night having already done incalculable damage. well let's go to paris now our correspondent barbara visa is standing outside notre dame cathedral good evening to you barbara earlier tonight we and the rest of the world feared the worst total loss of the cathedral when daybreak so there may be a reason for cautious optimism right. yeah there is some
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reason for that the head of the firefighters of paris said that they hoped to know that they were able to contain the fire and they could save the structure of the main structure of the could see the road because the fear was that once the firewood if eaten from the roof beams down through to the stone vault that keeps up the inner roof off the cathedral then the forces of gravity and pull would sort of press the walls of the kids to the side and the whole edifice with huge added fist would just break down in on itself we don't know yet how much damage they can see through us built from sandstone know how much damage this fire the heat has done to the sand stone how much structural problems there might be for the future but so far as we can see in the back even though it's quite dark the
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main body of the church is still holding out and two three hours ago the flames you could really see them sort of a licking up against the sky and just burning bright red that has now died down and firefighters are still working there still from huge cranes as throwing very strong fountains of water up against the church to cool it down they're working mostly on the northern side now the other side from the river with a boat had been throwing water op against it can see drill that has that work has now stopped so this seemed to be some focal points and the two towers seems to have seemed to have been saved so yes the firefighters are still working but the hoping that they can sort of keep the main body of the cathedral standing and that is an important message for president emmanuel mccall and he visited the site and his was a message of resolve take
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a listen. we do we succeeded in building this cathedral more than eight hundred years ago. and over the centuries we made it great and we improved it. so i say to you very solemnly they see feeling. this cathedral all of us together. and this is without doubt part of french destiny and it will be a project we undertake for years to come i am committed to it starting tomorrow we will launch a national fundraising campaign. with. i'm joined now here in the studios with my colleagues shovels where you glue crossed both of you welcome. let's talk a little bit about what we just heard from the president is determination this
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resolve that nurtured a must be rebuilt do you share their well. it was in the process of being renovated anywhere and is just going to take much longer now that such such an extensive damage has been done of course it has to be a rebuild because it's one of the symbols of france it's something that french people identify with no matter where they stand in terms of prevention so rebuilding such a symbol is of course something that we also go along the lines of paris moto which is to look to our nick maggie taught latin for it floats and it doesn't say that without thinking and it's something we had already. brought forward after the terrorist attacks in two thousand and fifteen and it's another in face of this new adversity i think this city of paris and french citizens will come together to to. to rebuild their fort and to the idea that the reasonings the french definitely
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europeans is definitely a place cooperation people in the crypt of the first pair regions are buried so it's at the very heart of paris and for many reasons it is dear to french people's hearts because when one thinks about paris one thinks about the f.o. tower about their lives and of course about nostradamus it has also been present in so many books french literature has been singing the praises of kitty jail and not least of a toigo is not a band of happy so of course it's a very highly symbolic cultural heritage for france and to some extent also when i so tonight the spier collapsing i felt that was the end of part of our civilization and i think that's a feeling that was shared by. many french people i've talked to. many europeans are these are people at the europeans. we have so much international reaction sure i
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mean i think the shock and the sadness that has been expressed in in france has been echoed all around the world of course the vatican expressing shock and sadness as being a catholic cathedral barack obama has come out and spoke dollar trump has tweeted i'm going to mark calling this a a symbol of europe not just a french or a parisian side of importance but really a european side of importance so really it's just shock and sadness all around the world and now we're going to see how that shock and sadness get translates into support for rebuilding or whatever is going to come next from this terrible tragedy because we know that the support the financial support for renovating and maintaining the cathedral was not that strong prior to the blaze and if it does come out as we think tonight that the cause was the. work then.
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the money that comes following this fire is probably going to have to make up for the deficiencies that took place before the fire. and what is is this is a wake up call for the. i think it's a wake up call also i think this guy. is going to look bad on a man and across even if it's not his fault that this fire happened that it happened under his presidency and his popularity is ever decreasing and no of this happens but the lack of funding in french culture and heritage doesn't started was micros presidency it has been it has been decreasing for decades and no ma'am across presidents say my pay the price for it was that same body highly symbolic building and it simply collapsing in the center of paris you let me take this to barbara barbara what do you say i mean could there be a political price to pay for the fire that we sold tonight or is this
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maybe a wake up call for for you. it will certainly be a political price particularly for the mayor of paris i need to all go because it is not quite clear at this moment because why it took so awfully long to for a large number of firefighters to arrive at the scene i mean this is really in the middle of paris so could they get through traffic where they are alarmed too late what happened to all this will have to be investigated in the next days as some areas of central paris have been pedestrian eyes there is less traffic which is nice for tourists but might be very difficult under circumstances like today so that's not quite clear but then also for president mike wrong in a way it seems an ominous sign i mean he has been sort of hard to buy bad luck in a way he had the yellow vest movement emerged before christmas and they've been
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sort of pursuing him on and on and he's really had a hard time getting to grips with that and now this highly symbolic catastrophe happens and many people who you don't have to believe in sort of black cats crossing your way to sort of find something that doesn't bode well for the french president he will have to work hard to sort of get the upper hand in this emotional leads turn this into something where he can say let us look to the future and let us do better that is something that he is continuously promising and now he has another issue that he has to deal with and the crowd funding for the cathedral has already started and money is pouring in from as far as the united states and also one of the french a big. our no and has pledged one hundred million to rebuild and so
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the money will come together but it's the loss of the historic have break that is going to leave a lasting pain. well. this survey was not only to generate sympathy across europe. but as something of a rallying call for the european project actually have a positive boost moving towards the european parliamentary elections next month. it's difficult to say brand because you don't know how in event like this that is so emotional and will play out really it is difficult to sort of true in this into something that you can work who is that you can sort of you know how can you turn the burning down the national symbol of the heart of paris. to two for hope and look to the future and sort of turning turning the face of
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people in europe so that is very difficult the messaging that will have to come out of this and at the moment everybody is still sort of occupied was digesting what happened here it was sort of a lot of raw emotion here tonight people watching us and of silence for hours and sort of people really being sort of gripped by this spectacle and so the future we'll see in a few days how. the french media and politicians will sort of deal with that. as we've been saying for the people of france dame is much more they can see it is part of their identity. and they should take a look. parts of what we are an essential parts of paris is in peril that was the reaction of many in france is the fire too cold they looked on incredulous as the
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flames engulfed not to die. for the french people not to dam is more than just a cathedral it's the heart of paris a landmark alongside the eiffel tower a magnet for millions of visitors a year notre dame stands on the internet city in the middle of the river saying it's france's most famous catholic monument dating right back to the middle ages. sharing the french revolution many of the cathedrals treasures were planted in one thousand and four it was the venue for napoleon's coronation as the emperor of france. eight hundred thirty one saw the publication of the famous novel the hunchback of notre dame by victor hugo it was a huge success and brought the cathedral new attention. now in twenty nineteen the unthinkable has happened the flames consuming not to dam cathedral taking with them centuries of history. lots of history let's talk about the future
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the sun's going to come up it's going to be the day after this tragedy what is paris going to do with it you know barbara was talking about the mayor is going to have to deal with the political boy for what the response. by the fire department for example well there will be a lot to answer for indeed these forty five min is do they between the moment the fire broke and the first intervention of firefighters is something that one cannot fathom in a capital city like paris where we supposed to have firefighters who are trained for duck out of situations and we know that after the terrorist attacks that took place in paris they weren't those exercises of evacuation and firefighters must have been involved and. we know it as the exercises that took place in the time so why did they take so alone tonight there was this state of emergency after the terror attack in twenty two tina right yeah it would have been time to prepare for
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all kinds of disasters but those exercises together by the firefighters the police the emergency services were done in light of the terrorist attacks but they like if people are even more urgency services can intervene in such situations why couldn't they intervene to not and that's that's something that the mayor of paris. will have to answer for as soon as tomorrow why did that response was delayed response as to what the the money for the rehabilitation was in there to begin with that may have spirits all of those had been there in the first place i mean we don't know what caused this fire and it's very hard to prove a negative but we do know that that the people behind supporting this cathedral supporting us renovations supporting its upkeep have been struggling for years for decades even to get the necessary funding to keep this thousand year old
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cathedral going the french state only provides two and a half million dollars a year for its just basic upkeep and maintenance it promised a few years ago to double that of five million dollars over the next decade as part of this twenty year long renovation projects and it's not it's not for pretty things it's for essential infrastructure support of this to keep this massive massive piece of architecture functioning and stable and secure the supporters of the renovation project rest i mean this could cost up to one hundred eighty million dollars of before the fire and now we have to wait for investigators to tell us what this might cost as as we said french billionaire paino has pledged one hundred million euros sounds like a lot of money but we really don't know what we're dealing with until investigators can get in there and see what they have right. and of course you know it was just dealing with the fire scene an active fire scene and when you look at. what do you see there do you see a place of worship or do you see an icon for your home country definitely
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a symbol of friends an icon and not a place of work shape of worship i mean a lot of people in friends are not believers say they do not belong to any church and yet they are affected tonight and outpolled by what is happening because . it is a symbol for friends and it has been so for centuries now it's part of our history it's a vibe to friendship oh they're showing that it's a vibe world war one and world war two without being bombed and he was one of the few cathedrals in france which had never suffered from a fire it's actually something that has to be very come on and in india both times and the other not a parent but. i have as if by miracle i'm not i'm have never suffered any plight such as the wanting to enter tonights that's a very good boy barbara what have you been hearing in paris tonight it's about
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what six percent of the french attend church regularly this is not a society with a high level of religiosity what have people been saying to you what do they see when they look at notre dame. yes but they still feel heartbroken mean it is still a very emotional event and that is because it is just so symbolic for france it is just somehow a sign for the long gavitt to you off the french nation reaching back to middle ages being one of the most stable countries in the europe that was sort of invaded by armies but that was never completely overrun or torn apart and that somehow always managed to sort of forum and go for reform and go forward and sort of stay french throughout a very long time and it is that historic that deep history connection that french
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people have to their country to the soil and to the to the main cities of fragments that that makes for the response that is what has been very emotional tonight here people really speaking about being being haunted broken and being very emotional and very touched by the spectacle and and southpaw is something horrible happening in front of their eyes that everybody you look at it and you think you you would want to stop it and people were very quiet here on the bridges around the not cathedral and watching this with this sort of very somber mood and it did touch people it's not so much the religious side but it is the loss off the often historical symbol off the rootedness of france in its own past and we can hear the sirens in the background there where you are and as we approach the day break into
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tuesday morning on the normal you know late monday night early tuesday morning there will be a lot going on even in a city like paris on the streets but tonight it's a completely different picture or isn't. yet police has largely blocked off the sane irelands and orders so too for emergency vehicles to get through firefighters moving back and forth and to just sort of keep traffic away from here and people have slowly been dispersing they've been out here for hours this one group on the bridge here which is still singing religious him so in a very low voices but other people have slowly drifted home they have seen what they had come to see and everybody left sort of in a sad mood so it is effecting the city this will this is going to take a long time to go away and all the talk about rebuilding it's not bloody easy you
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can't really bring something back that has been there for a thousand years and that gets almost destroyed within a few hours that seems to be an ominous sign is sign for things not going well for france and so many people will feel this is a sort of negative and. negative. do you feel that way and it certainly feels like it's the and of a part of this if it is a show we do know if it will be and they got to negative oh i will see the future who will tell us in any case it is a very sad day for friends for french people they've lost one of their one on one piece of their cultural heritage and it's something that's that's that they've damage across the presidency a bit further because it happens under he's men date even though like i say the lack of funding that we were talking about before didn't happen only. under his
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mandate is as a result of take politic in terms of cultural heritage that was going to. go to the positive and it. looked a lot worse earlier in the evening when i mean for a while we were looking at a complete destruction of this cathedral the towers or risk of collapsing they saved them we also can note that nobody died yes very important nobody died this happened after that the tours were closed misbehavior was closed for the day there was one seriously injured firefighter was reported we'll hear more about him or her later perhaps and i think it's a very humbling moment for for people everywhere we i think we get lured into the sense of safety in our modern life that we have all this technology and modern political theory available to us to solve all of our issues and for for something so rudimentary as fire it reminds us that we are all very much at the whim of
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nature and these things can still happen that's a very good for us a good point to close on them and of course barbara in paris to all of you thank you very much the day is almost over the conversation continues online if i just on twitter you are at g.w. news or you can follow me it used to hash tag the day we are going to leave you now with images of that fire at notre dame cathedral in paris and remember whatever happens. between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see that. the footman. to. the foot.
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