the Day after – a sort of sense of cohesion characterizes Paris. Parts of the façade of the world heritage site Notre-Dame is singed in black, byggnadsställningarna that previously surrounded the spire, which collapsed sprout abandoned and ominous against a grey sky.
" It feels extremely empty, notes Denis and Michèle Noce, who is in Paris to visit his children.Denis and Michèle Noce. ”I think that everyone grieves in their own way. Everyone is trying to collect and understand,” says Michèle Noce. Photo: Mehdi Chebil
Every time they are here visiting also the cathedral – in the day they would have taken their traditional tour of the magnificent building.
of barriers, police officers and firefighters. On the Place du Petit Pont, it is so full of journalists and tourists that it is barely possible to get through.
Yet it is comparatively quiet.
" I think that everyone grieves in their own way. Everyone is trying to collect and understand, " says Michèle Noce.A spokesman for the Paris fire department hold a brief press conference in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral. Photo: Mehdi Chebil
She and her husband will, of course, to contribute financially to the cathedral to be built up again.
"It has always been free admission, now it's time to pay," says Denis Noce, and smiles a little awry.
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he notes, the fire broke out just before Emmanuel Macron would deliver a speech to the nation following widespread political unrest, which characterized the city in the past six months.
So it went with the century, "says Denis Noce, he might not have had anything sensible to say to us," he continues without hiding his dissatisfaction with the sitting president.
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along with the Quai de Tourelle, which runs along the Seine's left bank is Melissa Bertrand, 23, a student.Melissa Bertrand focuses on being grateful that no one died in the fire, instead of seeing it as ruined. Photo: Mehdi Chebil
" I came here to get confirmation that it really happened. Yesterday, it was so incredibly hard to take in. Now I stand here, and feel a kind of awe in the face of this great cathedral, " she says.
Melissa Bertrand dare not think of how it looks inside. She do not even want to.
" I focus on trying to be grateful that no one died, no one was seriously injured. But of course, it is difficult. A part of Paris's beauty has been destroyed, something we took for granted are taken from us, " she says.
In the French radio stations talk about solidarity, about the feeling of togetherness in a difficult moment. Melissa partially agree with, but is at the same time hesitant.
– We live in a difficult time with a lot of social tensions in French society. It will not change by this, the problems persist, she says.Odile Menanteau is walking with his dog Ellipse at the wharf in the direction of Pont la Tourelle. Photo: Mehdi Chebil
the Pont la Tourelle, goes Odile Menanteau with his dog Ellipse. Here she goes often, she lives just a stone's throw away.
– Solidarity? Forget it. It will be in five minutes. Just the fact that capitalists now shows up and bestows huge amounts of money will make people angry. They will see it as a proof that it is, yes, there is money in this country, that all the talk about the need for cuts in our social security system are just smoke screens, " she says.
She is, just like all the others, deep consideration and describing what happened that terrible.
– A world heritage site, a marvel. And now ruined. It is hard to take in. When I saw the smoke from my apartment yesterday I thought, of course: oh well, even a terrorist attack. When I got word that Notre-Dame was burned, my first thought was: fake news. Yes you see, it is the time we live in, continues Odile.
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it is about an accident is a kind of relief, believe everyone we meet. A suspected attack had been so much worse. And to the both of the towers still stand there, also give a kind of consolation.
– Almost pride, actually, that France managed to limit the damage, " says a man on the quay.
Denis Noce, however, is troubled.
" How is it possible that construction workers caused this. It may not have followed the safety instructions, which I assume applies, " he says and shakes his head.
A number of hearings have already been held during the night, but it will likely take some time before the actual reason becomes public.
Odile is looking towards the cathedral.
Life will go on, so it is. About a thousand years shall it be the people here and admire the cathedral again. So we're going to, " she says.