Bells ring out in Rīga in support of France and Notre Dame

Riga's Dom Cathedral joined other churches around Europe April 16 in ringing its bells to express solidarity with the people of Paris after a catastrophic fire caused extensive damage to the famous cathedral of Notre Dame in the French capital.

The bells in Rīga rang out at midday, a moment captured by LTV.

The gesture followed another expression of solidarity by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs who tweeted that he had spoken with France's ambassador to Latvia, Mme. Odile Soupison to "offer Latvia's help and support with the rebuilding of Notre Dame de Paris" and suggesting that both Latvian oak and expertise might feature in the reconstruction of the church. 

President Vējonis also sent his own message while the fire was still burning. Back in 2013, Rīga Castle, the seat of the Latvian President was seriously damaged by a fire, forcing the Chancellery to relocate while reconstruction efforts took place.

 

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