World leaders react to devastating Notre Dame fire in Paris

Barack Obama among those to express their sorrow as French president vows to rebuild

As Notre Dame burned, world leaders, celebrities and millions of people around the world publicly expressed their sorrow at the damage wrought by the fire and expressed solidarity with the French people at the devastation of a national symbol.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he was “sad to see this part of us burn”, later tweeting that the cathedral would be rebuilt and announcing an international fundraising campaign to pay for reconstruction.

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