People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside, watching flames engulf the Notre Dame. AFP / ERIC FEFERBERG
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Early morning runners in Paris stopped in their tracks, dumbfounded.After a night during which over 400 firefighters toiled for 15 hours to quell a blaze that tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Parisians and visitors were struggling to absorb the enormity of the disaster.For Olivier Lebib, an artisan who has lived in Paris for 40 years, it is essential the cathedral is restored to its glory.The cathedral is one of Paris' most popular landmarks, welcoming more than 13 million visitors a year, and no doubt features in the photo albums of just about anyone who has taken snapshots in the French capital. Gone, now, is the 91-meter spire that has stood atop it since the mid-1800s.
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