It's Hard to believe what has happened. I stood outside the cathedral ten days ago with two French friends. They were telling me how proud they were to have such a world-famous building on their doorstep.
It is a World Heritage Site but, right wing brexiteers would not be happy about us contributing to it's restoration, although I suspect they would be happy to receive funds from France if St Pauls went up in flames. I'm sure there will be British craftsmen involved in the many years of work to come.
There has been a spate of attacks on Catholic churches in France since the start of the year. On Sunday last L’église Saint-Sulpice in the centre of Paris was badly damaged in an arson attack. Last Friday Ines Madani, 22, was sentenced following a three-day trial during which she was accused of encouraging would-be jihadists to go to Syria and participate in attacks against France and jailed for 8 years. She is also due to be tried later this year for her part in a failed car bomb attack on Notre Dame three years ago.
The fire has happened in Holy Week and with the total destruction of the roof one wonders if the true cause will ever be established. I'm not normally a conspiracy theorist but not a huge believer in coincidence either.