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The Paris prosecutors' office says investigators are treating the blaze that destroyed part of Notre Dame as an accident for now.

The fire caused the almost 900-year-old cathedral's iconic spire and part of the roof to collapse.

French President Emmanuel Macron was somber, yet steadfast in his speech tonight outside the cathedral.

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'Notre Dame of Paris is our history, our literature, our imagination.

"Putin expressed the hope that the great cathedral will be restored, and suggested sending the best Russian specialists to France, who have extensive experience in restoring monuments of world cultural heritage, including works of medieval architecture", the press service said.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire was "potentially linked" to a 6 million euro (£5.2 million) renovation project on the spire and its 500 tons of wood and 250 tons of lead.

Hundreds of people lined bridges around the island that houses the church, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. The fire was brought under control on Tuesday morning and officials said the main structure has been saved from total destruction.

"My father and I have chose to release from Artémis funds a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame", Pinault said in a statement. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers for the beloved Paris cathedral.

"It took about 100 years to build the building", he said.

A firefighter is seen fighting the flames at Notre-Dame Cathedral April 15, 2019 in Paris, France.

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