Listen: Paris, Chang Notre Dame Cathedral And Margot Haddad discussed on All Things Considered
"Things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Chang Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is still standing most of it. That is the centuries-old monument was in flames for hours yesterday as the city of Paris and the world watched in horror and earlier today in a show of solidarity cathedrals throughout France rang. Their bells at six fifty pm local time, the time the fire started. Notre Dom has been eroding. For years and a large scale effort to restore it may have been the source of the devastating fire. But donations have now been pouring in from around the world to restart that process now that the restoration will be bigger and more expensive on the line from Paris now to talk about that effort, and what the cathedral has meant to her city is French journalist Margot Haddad. Welcome. Hi. So tell me as a French person what has this meant personally? Clearly, assemble I mean every time I try to work, and I take what we say Kay along the Seine. You see the cathedral is part of the landscape is part of the Sinaga fee. We wouldn't imagine Paris without them is clearly impossible for us. When you think of Paris, you think of the Athol tower, you think of Notre Dom you think of lesson? These are the main monuments of Perez, and it's kind of an essential part of the city. Have you had a chance to walk by the Notre Dame today in what have you seen? Of course. I mean yesterday, I rushed there to my job as a journalist and the thing that strike me is how many people were there all these people gave a bit of themselves whether they were foreigners or there were French people Parisian or not Parisian there were there to give their prayers to hold their hands and Conforti eyeso- all these people applauding the firefighters coming down right to the streets next to the cathedral after. They stitched"