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The fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral had barely started when speculation about its origin began appearing on the Internet.

The inferno shocked nearly everyone — believer and unbeliever alike — with its ever-increasing intensity and unrelenting fury.

The cause is still being investigated, but will we ever be told the truth?

This is what else people said in the aftermath of the blaze.

Extremists — and secularists — cheered

The Friday before the fire, a ‘jihadist’ woman was sentenced to eight years in prison. She had been involved in an unsuccessful plot in 2016 to blow up Notre-Dame. Some commenting online thought the fire was an act of revenge for her sentencing.

On April 12, The Journal in Ireland reported:

ONE OF THREE women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was today sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for earlier offences.

Ines Madani, 22, was sentenced following a three-day trial during which she was accused of encouraging would-be jihadists to go to Syria and participate in attacks against France between March 2015 and June 2016.

She used Telegram – an encrypted messaging app widely used by jihadists to communicate.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the day after the fire, the Express reported that an extremist group, Al-Muntasir, said the fire was ‘retribution’ and that it was time to say goodbye to the ‘polytheistic oratory’ of Notre-Dame. They created a poster to that effect, which appeared online (photos in the article).

That day, The Sun had an article discussing both the foiled plot from 2016 as well as the ‘polytheistic oratory’ poster.

Some — including secularists — rejoiced online as the cathedral burned:

Paul Joseph Watson has more on those reactions and how left-wing media tried to debunk them:

It was surprising that they had focussed on Notre-Dame rather than the equally significant mosque in Jerusalem that was on fire at the same time. The Star reported:

THE AL-AQSA Mosque, the third-holiest site in the world for Muslims, was ablaze at the same time as an inferno gripped the Notre Dame cathedral.

The fire, in Jerusalem’s old town, broke out on the same tragic night one of Europe’s most famous Christian sites also burned in France.

Footage of the incident shows smoke filling the street as bright flame flicker and people cry out in surprise …

Fortunately, the Mosque fire did not cause major damage to the iconic structure, but it did endanger a part that is over 2,000 years old.

Initial reports suggested the incident was caused by an electrical fault but others claim playing children could be responsible.

The blaze was contained to Marwani Prayer Room, also known as Solomon’s Stables, and did not spread, the Wafa news agency reports …

Muslims believe that Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa.

The new editor of Human Events was unhappy with those who downplayed the fire. He criticised a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota:

This was a curious reaction along the same lines from an Italian woman:

Globalist agenda

President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe appeared twice at Notre-Dame. The first was early in the evening. They returned later, when Macron gave a second address to the nation.

There was a strange sequence of events around the time the fire started.

Recall that the main news stories said there were no workers onsite at that time.

Yet, a Spanish-language channel captured someone walking around one of the towers:

There was also a strange spark that went off from the roof. (See an explanation further down.) A man was also walking around the roof at the same time (see first tweet for the video). Then, Macron and Philippe arrived — smirking:

The text to Gerard’s tweet says:

So the media outlets everywhere suddenly went silent at 17:50, [followed by] a song from Jonny [Halliday], light the fire; what coincidences all of these are. Arrival of Macron, [Christophe] Castaner [Minister of the Interior], Edouard Philippe and another in grand pomp, a smile on their lips?

Yet, this was Macron’s tweet about the fire:

Then there was the evening Mass which had to be evacuated? Very strange, because media reports did not mention a Mass. Note the time stamps. This would have been after the politicians’ arrival:

And let’s not forget this tweet which appeared soon after the blaze began:

A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set.

Then, there is this report from Australia (start at 1:46 in) which raises a question over the fire alarms that went off:

No doubt this is just a coincidence, but who happened to be in Paris that day? Michelle Obama. She was promoting her book, Becoming.

There are those — myself excluded — who think this event was planned and that evil globalists planned for her to be able to see it first hand:

She was having a lovely time aboard a cruise boat on the Seine when someone alerted her to the blaze. Not surprisingly, her expression suddenly changed. The Daily Mail has a series of photos. (Mogaznews has photos of her two days later at the book launch.)

But, not to worry:

The dinner, prepared by famous French-born chef Alain Ducasse, went ahead as planned.

To be fair:

Mrs Obama, who was in Paris for her Becoming book tour, later took to social media to say her ‘heart aches with the people of France’.

She shared an old photo on Instagram of herself, her husband Barack and their two daughters lighting candles in the cathedral. 

Those who buy into the globalist agenda angle were further spurred on by recent tweets from James Comey:

This one mentioned questions:

This one, with ‘answers’, appeared on Holy Thursday:

Someone responded with the following, which included a reference to the woman in Colorado who committed suicide instead of going through with a second Columbine shooting:

On April 16, the National Post reported that the roofbeams at Notre-Dame are known as The Forest (photo at link). Emphases mine:

the roof, made up of centuries old oak trees, fuelled the flames that ravaged a piece of France’s history.

Among the biggest challenges facing the reconstruction of the iconic church is rebuilding the intricate latticework of wooden beams that made up the roof’s frame, known as the “Forest.”

The 800-year-old oak beams were added to the cathedral in 1220. Because of the building’s gothic style which called for high vaulted ceilings, tall, sturdy oaks were sourced from nearby forests.

Each beam that held up the lead roof was constructed from a single tree, requiring about 13,000 individual trees in total, CNN reported.

Was Comey saying something significant or just trolling? Whatever the case, I am not sure the first two are related to Notre-Dame. The third one might have been a pictorial commentary on rebuilding. Or maybe it was about Easter being a time of rebirth.

Moving on …

Spark on the roof

Timeline finished, we can now move on to the spark from the roof.

Libération has an explanation, which it admits is not definitive. Libé says the spark could well be a ‘reflection’ (‘reflet‘), but that is not a ‘formal’ conclusion. The article also has the relevant photos.

Their article says that the images circulating online, such as in the tweet above, came from a site called Viewsurf, which shows shots from videocams in cities around France. Viewsurf says that it has retained the images, which it can give to the authorities.

Here is another version of the video:

CheckNews is the French version of FactCheck. Although the images from the afternoon of April 15 are no longer on Viewsurf, the article says (translation mine):

CheckNews was able to access those filmed at 14:05, 15:05, 16:05, 17:05, 18:05 and 19:05 on the day of the fire. The one from 17:05 is also available on Archive.org.

We can effectively state that a silhouette was on the cathedral roof at 17:05. But that was equally the case for all the extracts from 14:17 onward that CheckNews viewed, where one can see several people within the perimeter of the spire. By contrast, no one is visible in the shot from 18:05. And at 19:05, one can no longer see anything except for flames and a lot of smoke.

CheckNews contacted the crisis manager from the scaffolding company, Europe Echafaudage, who:

indicated that 12 workers were working that day erecting scaffolding at Notre-Dame and that ‘the last worker left the site after the electricity was turned off at 17:50. They left the roof around 17:20.’ In all likelihood, the silhouettes observed in the videos (including that of 17:05 but moreso in that of 18:05) are therefore workers employed by Europe Echafaudage.

Concerning the little light observed in the video of 17:05, CheckNews could also see others on the videos from the day (notably at 15:05 or 16:05). These lights seem to be similar to reflections, even if we cannot be formal on that point.

Arson

It’s difficult for adults with synapses rubbing together to rule out arson.

This Twitter user has military and law enforcement experience (click on image to see it in full):

Accelerant

He also posted this (see second tweet):

DEW — Directed Energy Weapon

Some thought that a DEW — Directed Energy Weapon — might have been used to achieve the unimaginable inferno:

There was blue flash, captured on video:

‘Computer glitch’, says Notre-Dame’s rector

On Good Friday, April 19, the New York Post reported that Notre-Dame’s rector thought a ‘computer glitch’ was to blame:

PARIS — A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements …

Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.”

On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire.

The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Chauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.”

Speedy announcement fooled no one

Although the investigation is still going on, the official word on April 16 was that the fire was accidental.

Such a speedy announcement was ill-advised, because few believe it.

John Cardillo works for Newsmax:

Cardillo also posted another short thread:

Interestingly, a fire occurred at Paris’s magnificent church of Saint-Sulpice in March. The Paris fire brigade deemed the cause to be arson.

From the Washington Post:

Although there was no evidence of a connection, France has seen a number of attacks on Catholic churches in the past year, including arson and vandalism

Paris’s Church of St. Sulpice was set on fire after midday Mass last month. No one was injured. Police are investigating, but firefighters attributed the blaze to arson.

Saint-Sulpice’s fire was at the entrance and, whilst serious, was minimal compared with Notre-Dame’s.

It seems the authorities believe Notre-Dame means too much to people for them to know the truth. Whilst the cathedral DOES mean a lot to most of us, we can handle the truth.

There is a problem with hiding the truth. As happened with JFK’s assassination and 9/11, people will devise their own truth, whatever that might be.

Many believe that those in power want the cathedral reconstructed to better fit the 21st century:

They are not all conservatives like James Woods — or conspiracy theorists — either. Rolling Stone compiled the earliest ruminations on the matter the following day:

… for some people in France, Notre Dame has also served as a deep-seated symbol of resentment, a monument to a deeply flawed institution and an idealized Christian European France that arguably never existed in the first place. “The building was so overburdened with meaning that its burning feels like an act of liberation,” says Patricio del Real, an architecture historian at Harvard University. If nothing else, the cathedral has been viewed by some as a stodgy reminder of “the old citythe embodiment of the Paris of stone and faith — just as the Eiffel Tower exemplifies the Paris of modernity, joie de vivre and change,” Michael Kimmelmann wrote for the New York Times.

The discussion about rebuilding has begun.

I hope to have more next week on what ‘rebuilding’ might actually mean.

Before that, however, I will feature a post on oak and the Notre-Dame blaze.

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