“We will rebuild it together.” That’s what French President Emmanuel Macron promised last night as firefighters raced to save the 12th-century Gothic masterpiece and national symbol from the flames. Although the roof and spire collapsed, they were able to bring the blaze under control after about eight hours. Meanwhile, world leaders expressed their condolences as various fundraising efforts — including a $226 million pledge by French tycoon Bernard Arnault — kicked off.
Will there be global ramifications? As OZY reports, the fire could serve as a wake-up call for fire safety at historic structures across Europe, particularly those with wooden ceilings.