STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The devastation of Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral is blow to all Europe and all Europe will contribute to its rebuilding, leaders of the European Union declared on Tuesday on the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“Europe has been wounded. France has been wounded. Paris has been wounded,” European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker instructed lawmakers, promising EU “solidarity”.
A number of audio system in a debate on final week’s Brexit summit used the hearth on the mediaeval landmark to underscore arguments that the Union represents a deep-rooted frequent European society.
“We’re all a little bit bereaved,” mentioned Juncker. “Yesterday was a horrible day for all those that love France and who love Paris.
“In all of our lives, Paris isn’t a impartial place. It’s a place that we love falling in love with once more. Seeing this metropolis within the grip of a tragedy, which isn’t solely architectural however touches the lifetime of the French individuals, being destroyed by flames is heartbreaking.”
Donald Tusk, the previous Polish premier who chairs summits of EU nationwide leaders, famous that his Baltic house metropolis of Gdansk, was razed to the bottom in World Battle Two however had been rebuilt.
“I wish to say phrases of consolation and solidarity with the entire French nation within the face of the Paris tragedy,” Tusk mentioned.
“YOU WILL REBUILD”
“Additionally, you will rebuild your cathedral. From Strasbourg, the French capital of the European Union, I name on all of the 28 member states to participate on this activity.
“I do know that France might do it alone, however at stake right here is one thing extra than simply materials assist. The burning of the Notre Dame cathedral has once more made us conscious that we’re certain by one thing extra essential and extra profound than treaties.”
The Brexit-supporting British Conservative chief within the parliament, Syed Kamall, mentioned it was time to place apart politics: “I hope we are able to all come collectively, whether or not British, European or outdoors the Europe, come collectively and do our bit in that rebuilding.”
Parliament President Antonio Tajani known as on the 751 members to donate their day’s wage. Talking in French, he mentioned: “As a former resident of Paris, as an Italian, as a European, my coronary heart is wounded, as are all of our hearts, by what occurred yesterday in Paris.”
Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Alissa de Carbonnel and Clare Roth in Brussels; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky