Michelle Obama has spoken about her ‘disbelief’ upon discovering that the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire.
The former US first lady was promoting her memoir Becoming at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Tuesday, when she reflected upon the tragedy.
She said: ’The security driver, we were en route somewhere, and he said “Notre Dame is burning” and I thought “Oh you must be joking”,
The former US first lady was promoting her memoir Becoming at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Tuesday, when she reflected upon the tragedy
‘I sent a tweet out to the people of Paris, to the people of France, just saying that, you know, we have to be strong in times like this, we have to believe in each other, we have to use these times to unite.
‘Because Notre Dame will be rebuilt. You have been through worse, as so many of us have. So, now is the time to be strong and have faith,’ Mrs Obama added, clad in an orange-striped suit with open-toe heels and hoop earrings.
The mother-of-two, 55, went on to reveal that Paris was the first foreign city she ever visited.
Mrs Obama’s memoir is the first in a two-book deal that she and former president Barack made with Penguin Random House in 2017 for a reported £46million.
The next stop on her book tour will be Amsterdam, followed by further appearances in Canada and back home in the United States.
Notre Dame, UNESCO world heritage landmark, was engulfed in a roaring blaze on Monday, at around 5.43pm in the French capital
Notre Dame, UNESCO world heritage landmark, was engulfed in a roaring blaze on Monday, at around 5.43pm in the French capital.
The blaze sent its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky.
Just two days after the inferno destroyed part of the ancient place of worship, the fund to rebuild it had reached the one billion euro mark.
This was largely thanks to donations from France’s richest man Bernard Arnault, who pledged 200 million, and Salma Hayek’s husband Francois-Henri Pinault, who added 100 million euros.
It comes as President Macron said the cathedral would be rebuilt in five years time.
Francois-Henri Pinault, who married Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek in 2009, is chief executive of Kering, which owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent
Macron spoke to the French nation in a TV address on Tuesday evening to reassure people that the cathedral would be rebuilt within five years