French newspapers reacted with horror after one of their nation’s most beloved buildings went up in flames yesterday. Most of the French front pages featured pictures of the sacred structure consumed in huge plumes of smoke and fire. The moment Notre Dame’s iconic spire collapsed under the flames was captured in a heart-wrenching photograph which will likely come to define the disaster.
This image, of Notre Dame’s spire collapsing under flames, was the one many of the world’s papers chose for their front pages this morning.
At least one firefighter was hurt in the inferno which caused significant damage to the 850-year-old building.
No members of the public were hurt in the blaze.
The flames were under control this morning and French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the structure once it is safe.
“Le coeur en cendres” or “heart in ashes” was emblazoned across French Catholic Newspaper La Croix’s front page. The front page’s backdrop was a shocking picture of Notre Dame’s spire ravaged by flames.
Le Parisian used an image of flames ripping through Notre Dame’s spire with the headline “Our Lady of tears”.
The paper dedicated nine pages of coverage to the fire at the cathedral.
Le Figaro’s headline simply wrote: “Notre Dame Paris – The Disaster”. Underneath the headline it wrote: “Faced with this scene of loss, accounts of solidarity and sadness have flocked from across the world”.
It used an image of the cathedral’s spire collapsing as the backdrop.
Libération used a play on words “Notre Drame” or “our tragedy” as its headline.
It used an image of the cathedral ablaze at dusk in Paris.
Het Belang Van Limburg
Belgian paper Het Belang Van Limburg declared “Paris weeps” in its headline which overlaid a shocking picture of the blaze.
French language Belgian paper Le Soir’s headline was: “The flames and the tears”.
An image of Notre Dame engulfed in smoke featured on its front page along with the subheading “800 years of history gone up in smoke”.
Spanish paper El Pais played it straight with the headline: “Flames devastate Notre Dame, symbol of European culture”.
The front page featured a picture of the cathedral ablaze at sunset.
German paper Der Tagesspiegel had the phrase “Notre Dame in flames” as its headline.
The German Christian paper Rheinische Post also had “Notre Dame Cathedral in flames” as its headline.
The world reacts
World leaders, public figures and Christian leaders have all spoken out to expire their remorse and solidarity with France in reaction to the Notre Dame fire.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Our Lady of Paris belongs to the whole of mankind. What a sad spectacle. What a horror.
“I share the emotion of the French nation which is also ours.”