April 15, 2019 / 7:53 PM / a year ago

Germany's Merkel saddened to see Notre-Dame on fire

Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was deeply saddened and sorry to see Monday’s images of fire devastating Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which she described as a “symbol of France and our European culture”.

“Our thoughts are with our French friends,” Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, quoted her as saying in a tweet.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Toby Chopra

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