Monday, April 22, 2019

FRANCE - Notre Dame Cathedral

My heart goes out to France and its citizens.

"‘Catastrophic fire’ inflicts major damage on Notre Dame Cathedral" PBS NewsHour 4/15/2019


SUMMARY:  In Paris and across the globe, stunned spectators watched in horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral burned Monday.  The fire started in the evening, shortly after the building was closed to the public, and appears to have caused “catastrophic” damage to one of the world’s most famous cultural and artistic landmarks.  Judy Woodruff talks to Kate Moody of the French news channel France 24 for the latest.

"Notre Dame fire prompts global grief for a landmark of civilization" PBS NewsHour 4/15/2019


SUMMARY:  A devastating fire consumed parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.  While the biggest question is whether the structure itself will survive, there is no doubt that the artistic and historic landmark sustained losses that won’t be recoverable.  Judy Woodruff talks to art historian Elizabeth Lev about the “shock” incurred by observing this “iconic monument” engulfed in flames.

"Why Notre Dame is part of France’s national identity" PBS NewsHour 4/15/2019


SUMMARY:  Notre Dame Cathedral is a seminal touchstone of French history, art and culture, and seeing it sustain devastating damage in a huge fire on Monday sent shockwaves of grief throughout France and the world.  Judy Woodruff talks to Gerard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the U.S., about the structure’s role within French national identity and feeling as if a part of himself were burning.

"Amid the ashes, France vows ‘resurrection’ for Notre Dame" PBS NewsHour 4/16/2019


SUMMARY:  In Paris, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral is extinguished, but devastating damage remains.  Parisians stood alongside global travelers at the site Tuesday, paying tribute to the landmark of cultural achievement that has stood for nearly a millennium.  Amid the ashes, the rescue of several of the most beloved artifacts seemed miraculous.  Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Paris.

"Investigation into Notre Dame fire accelerates as France plans to rebuild" PBS NewsHour 4/17/2019


SUMMARY:  French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral within five years, in time for Paris to host the 2024 Olympics.  To meet the ambitious schedule, Macron said architects from around the world would be invited to submit designs for the famous spire that fell in Monday’s fire.  Meanwhile, the investigation continues into what started the blaze.  ITN’s Paraic O’Brien reports.

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