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Message to Emmanuel Macron

April 16, 2019

Vladimir Putin sent a message to President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron personally expressing sympathy to the French leader and the entire French nation over the tragic aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame de Paris.

“Notre Dame is a historical symbol of France, a priceless treasure of European and world culture, one of the most important Christian shrines. The tragedy that occurred last night in Paris awoke an echo of pain in the hearts of Russians,” the President of Russia wrote.

Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that the great cathedral can be restored, and offered to send to France the best Russian specialists with extensive experience in restoring world cultural heritage sites, including works of medieval architecture.

April 16, 2019