President Trump has upset the French by a tweet. In a message in which he expressed his condolences via Twitter the American President suggested using “flying water tankers” to dampen the fire would have saved the iconic Notre Dame.
Two hours after Trump’s tweet, the French civil security and crisis management account politely subtweeted Trump. Note that this particular tweet is in English while the account’s previous tweets are in French.
“All means are being used, except for water-bombing
The iconic Notre Dame cathedral was completed in 1345 after nearly 250 years of construction, the centuries-old cathedral caught fire on Monday. The exact cause is still unknown, however, officials say recent renovation work could be linked to the blaze.
Horrified onlookers watched the spire and ceiling collapse in the flames.
Twitter users quickly picked up on the subtle drag.
“We’re not sure of being able to stop the spread of the fire in the north belfry,” a spokesman for the Parisian fire brigade said in television interviews. He said the fire had started in Notre Dame’s attic, and around 400 firefighters were deployed to the site. “I leave you to imagine, in that case, the extent of the damage.”
As of Monday evening, a French official announced that Notre Dame has been saved from “total destruction.” They’re still scrambling to preserve the priceless artifacts stored in the cathedral.
The cathedral was in “dire need” of restoration. Renovations are estimated to cost about 120 million euros.
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