For people worried about the incredible stained glass rose windows of Notre Dame at least one has been destroyed, but the enormous one at the nave seems to be intact…
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame after a major fire partially destroyed the Paris landmark.
Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building’s main stone structure, including its two towers, but the spire and roof collapsed.
Notre-Dame fire: Macron pledges to reconstruct cathedral (BBC)
Last night: Meanwhile, In Paris
Newspaper coverage of the blaze from around the world.
Earlier: De Tuesday Papers
The coward does it with a kiss.
Ulatn Maship (on tour) writes:
Le Cimetière du Père Lachaise in the snow this morning. Since 2011 the Irish Government has moved to protect Oscar’s Wilde’s tomb. Just as well. #Anyexcuse…
Bring him home.
Paris Syndrome: a photo series by Francois Prost featuring Tianducheng – a 12 square mile housing development on the outskirts of Hangzhou in China inspired by (if not an unashamed rip-off of) Paris (on the left, except for the last pic [Thanks Thomas P]).
31 square kiometers of faux Belle Époque and nearly neoclassical architecture complete with a third-scale model of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the gardens of Versailles.
MORE: Side-by-side photos of Paris and its Chinese knockoff (Wired)
Taosieach Enda Kenny and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at Government Buildings in Dublin in January 2015
The Financial Times reports:
Christine Lagarde was found guilty of negligence in public office by a special Paris court on Monday in a case that has cast a cloud over her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
A French tribunal decided not to hand down any sentence to the former French finance minister. Ms Lagarde’s lawyer said the verdict would not enter into her judicial record and claimed the verdict as a “half victory”.
The court, dedicated to judging ministers, said Ms Lagarde failed to prevent a fraudulent €403m payout the French state made to flamboyant entrepreneur Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister.
The court said that Ms Lagarde should have appealed the payout, which occurred in 2008.
The conviction is an unwelcome stain on the IMF managing director’s stint at the fund. But it may not be enough to see her toppled at the head of the fund.
French court finds Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence (Financial Times)
Statement via Thanasis Koukakis
Previously: The Real Heroes
He’s Held In High Lagarde