Mattarella at Notre-Dame: «Here to witness the friendship between France and Italy»

“I’m here at Notre-Dame to witness the friendship between France and Italy”, said the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, visiting the construction site of Notre-Dame, the cathedral partly destroyed by a fire on April 15. “All the major events of France from 1200 afterwards passed from here, — has stressed the head of State before entering the cathedral, described as a “memory store” —. And the Notre-Dame cathedral reflects much of Europe’s history and civilization.” “That – he added – explains why in Italy the hours of the fire were followed with anguish and with affection, because, among other things, France and Italy share a great sensitivity for the cultural heritage”. Mattarella also had words of praise for the fire brigade: “they Deserve the gratitude of Europe”.

The visit to France of the president will continue to the castle of Amboise, in the Loire, where he will meet Emmanuel Macron, in the framework of the celebrations of the 500 years since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. The two heads of State will also stop by the tomb of the Renaissance artist and will have lunch at the Clos-Lucè castle. In the early afternoon the two presidents will meet with the implementers of the projects prepared in the framework of the program “Living Leonardo Da Vinci! 500 years of the Renaissance in the centre-Loire Valley”.

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