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Catalan leaders express solidarity after Notre-Dame's fire

Government "available" to French authorities, says delegate in Paris

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15 April 2019 11:11 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalonia's main authorities have shown solidarity on Monday evening shortly after a fire stared at the Notre-Dame cathedral, in Paris.

On Twitter, president Quim Torra said: "Oh my god, what a disgrace." He was joined by his government's foreign minister, Alfred Bosch.

"All the support of Catalonia to the French people and to the city of Paris for the historic catastrophe in Notre-Dame," tweeted Bosch on Twitter.

The Twitter account of Catalonia's culture department also expressed "consternation" at the event. "From Catalonia we express our solidarity with Paris and the French government."

The delegate in France, Daniel Camós, said in an interview with Catalunya Ràdio that the Catalan government is "made available" to the French authorities.

  • "All the support of Catalonia to the French people and to the city of Paris for the historic catastrophe in Notre-Dame"

    Alfred Bosch · Catalan foreign minister

The head of opposition, Inés Arrimadas, also tweeted on Monday evening that she was "following with concern the fire which is setting ablaze one of the world's most beautiful cathedrals, Notre-Dame." She described the images of the site on fire as "startling."

Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, also showed her solidarity after the events.

"All the support and affection to the citizens of Paris and to the French people in such sad day. Notre-Dame cathedral is a treasure and a cultural heritage of Europe and the world. Barcelona hugs Paris, [mayor] Anne Hidalgo, and we will be with you to restore this beloved cathedral," she said.

Manuel Valls remembers 850th anniversary of cathedral

One of Barcelona's mayoral contenders, Manuel Valls, remembered on Twitter that in 2013, the Cathedral celebrated its 850th anniversary, while he was the French home affairs minister.

Valls also said that his heart is "broken" after the fire.

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  • Notre-Dame cathedral on fire on April 15, 2019 (by French government)

  • Notre-Dame cathedral on fire on April 15, 2019 (by French government)

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