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STATEMENT FROM THE AFC FOLLOWING 04/15/19 EVENTS IN PARIS

It is with deep sadness that we looked on, alongside the rest of the world, as flames engulfed Notre Dame de Paris. The cathedral is an important symbol of French history and culture, a timeless monument that has welcomed all, protected many, withstood war, weather, and millions of tourists annually.

Our thoughts are with the French near and far. We take heart in French President Emmanuel Macron’s inspiring words: https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/video/2019/04/16/incendie-de-notre-dame-nous-la-rebatirons-declare-emmanuel-macron_5450629_3224.html (full speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7aQdrSSZ8).  «Nous rebâtirons Notre-Dame, parce que c’est ce que les Français attendent. Parce que c’est ce que notre Histoire mérite. Parce que c’est notre destin profond.»

We at the Alliance Française of Charlottesville express our sorrow at this great loss and our hope that Notre Dame de Paris will be restored to her great glory. President Macron called on the “grand talent” of the world to join in this project. We will look for ways to help too and will shares these with you.