In Summary
  • President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a major televised policy speech he was due to give on Monday evening over the "terrible fire ravaging Notre-Dame."

  • Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a tweet described it as a "terrible fire".

PARIS 

A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky.

The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year.

A spokesman for the cathedral said that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

The fire service said the blaze could be "potentially linked" to ongoing renovations.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a major televised policy speech he was due to give on Monday evening over the "terrible fire ravaging Notre-Dame."

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a tweet described it as a "terrible fire".

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