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Notre-Dame belongs to France, France is no longer her own
The article comments on some recent events that took place within the Catholic Church of France, culminating in the fire of Notre Dame Cathedral, attempting to outline some teachings from it. Anyone who knows the “dreamlike” Paris from books or from hearsay knows that Notre-Dame, its emblematic cathedral, is located on an island. France is no longer gathered around that island, but has become an archipelago. The French Church is in pain, but French multiculturalism is not too well, either... Behind some people’s refusal to mourn the disaster of Notre Dame hides the inability of French society to assimilate people of foreign origin, immigrants ...France is incapable of federate the whole population around a common cause and express a single national homage, and this tells a lot about the identity drift that has transformed the country into a conglomerate of completely divergent or even antagonist visions and identities. Monseigneur Michel Aupetit, the archbishop of Paris, sees the fi re of Notre Dame as a call to “convert our hearts.”