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Notre Dame fire. Messages of solidarity from Romanian officials. President Iohannis: Romania stands by France

President Klaus Iohannis conveyed on Monday night a message in which he shows that Romania stands by France in the context of the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral.

“Heart-breaking news come from Paris. Notre Dame, a historical symbol of the European culture is in flames. Romania stands by France,” the head of state wrote on Tweeter.

Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris was engulfed by flames, in a strong fire that partially destroyed the famous Parisian monument, one of the most visited tourist landmarks of France. The fire burned the Cathedral’s centuries-old roof. A huge cloud of smoke spread over the skyline of the city and the ash scattered over a large surface. Firefighters evacuated the area around the cathedral, located in the center of the French capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron canceled a speech he was due to give the nation on Monday evening and went to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

 

PM Dancila, Speaker Dragnea convey messages of solidarity with the French people

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea sent on Tweeter messages of solidarity with the French people following the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral.

“I am saddened by the terrible news from Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral is a symbol of France and Europe. My thoughts go out to our French friends,” PM Dancila wrote.

Moreover, Liviu Dragnea conveys in his message that his thoughts “go out to our friends in France and the entire Catholic community, which was greatly hit precisely during the Holy Week.”

 

Senate President Tariceanu: Loss suffered by Paris is also ours

 

Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu regrets the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and says that “the loss suffered by Paris is also ours.”

“It’s socking to see burning one of Paris’s and France’s landmarks. We love Notre Dame more than ever. The loss which Paris suffers is also ours,” Tariceanu wrote on Monday on his Tweeter account.

 

Crown Custodian Margareta stands in solidarity with President Macron

 

Romanian Crown Custodian Margareta sent on Monday evening a letter to France’s President Emmanuel Macron, in which she voices her solidarity “in these moments of trouble and profound sadness” caused by the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral.

“Arriving yesterday in Paris, on an official visit bearing the friendship message of the Romanian nation, Her Majesty was shocked to hear about the tragedy that struck the French nation and the country, the devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral. The Crown Custodian conveyed her admiration for the manner in which the French firefighters and military forces fought to save this symbolic monument of the French nation, of European and worldwide importance. When the disaster flared up, Her Majesty and Prince Radu were in Reims, where they attended, alongside other French and Romanian officials, the inauguration of the exhibition called “Marie of Romania – Queen and Artist,” reads a press release issued by the Press Office of Her Majesty’s House, posted on the romaniaregala.ro website.

 

Metropolitan bishop Iosif of Western and Southern Europe standing in solidarity with France

 

Christian Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop Iosif of Western and Southern Europe is standing in solidarity with the French people, the Roman Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Paris in the aftermath of the fire that affected the Notre Dame Cathedral, basilica.ro. reports.

“We are deeply saddened by the catastrophe that strikes the capital of France. It is about a symbol that is assumed to be a world landmark that transcends religious affiliation or beliefs. A witness along centuries to the construction of the Christian Europe, in its entire historical and cultural complexity, is melting now under the burden of unforgivable flames. Our hearts go out to the Roman Catholic Church and the entire French people in these moments of great pain, experiencing in advance the passions of our Saviour,” the bishop said Tuesday in a message on behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Metropolitan Bishopric of Western and Southern Europe.

 

Photo: AP/Agerpres

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