The Public Prosecutor in France is desperately trying to characterize the ND blaze as workplace accident rather than arson, presumably to maintain peace in the community of Paris.
This despite protestations from the work crews that they used intensive safety precautions, including disconnecting all electricity to the site, when they left for the evening. AND despite the fact that this happened very quickly after the last tourists left the building. AND most importantly after a swath of Church arsons in France, including at the Church of Saint-Sulpice which caused 100's of millions in damage.
I think the most likely cause of this was arson by a very sophisticated arsonist or group of arsonists. That means all of France's Cathedrals and Churches are under imminent threat and the French Police have to put some priority on protecting them and apprehending the culprits.
THE fire at Notre Dame Cathedral was horrible to watch and a tragedy for France.
That’s the medieval Christian heritage of the country going up in smoke – and we should all be pleased that the damage wasn’t even worse.
But the French authorities don’t seem terribly curious about what caused the blaze.
Within about ten minutes they had told everyone it was probably caused by a cigarette.
How did they know? And that it wasn’t arson. And I wonder if we will even find out?