The local fire department said the roof was not affected by the fire and was “under control”.
They ruled out comparisons with Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, whose lead roof and spire burned down in April 2019. For many, the fire in Nantes will bring back memories of this devastating fire that threatened to overthrow the medieval monument .
“After Notre-Dame, the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, in the heart of Nantes, is in flames. Support our firefighters who take all the risks to save this Gothic jewel of the city, ”French President Emmanuel Macron said. wrote on Twitter.
Saturday’s fire broke the main stained glass windows between the two towers of the cathedral, which also suffered a serious fire in 1972.
“It’s a part of our history, a part of our heritage,” Nantes mayor Johanna Rolland told journalists. “We all have these images in mind, this story in our hearts, but at this point the situation does not seem like it was in 1972.”
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will be among the officials who will travel to Nantes on Saturday afternoon.