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The emotions of those who witnessed the fire in Paris on April 15 and 16 have been echoed around the world. Let us hope that this global outpouring of empathy in response to a tragedy will have lasting positive effects, in France and beyond.Some may be slightly shocked by such a moving outburst of positive emotions, as if the fate of an 800-year-old building were more important than the survival of the planet, the lives of millions of refugees or the plight of the world's poor.And yet I understand and share the emotions triggered by the fire, as well as the sense of responsibility for handing this monument intact to future generations. As a Parisian, a Frenchman and a European, not to mention a citizen of the world, I was seized by a profound sense of impending loss when the fire began, as experts feared that the entire cathedral could collapse.Why do millions of people all over the world share my emotions?French President Emmanuel Macron sensed the widespread emotion and used it masterfully in calling for national unity in the fire's aftermath.
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