Flames and smoke rise from the blaze as the spire starts to topple on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, April 15, 2019. The inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof.

But this is not a surprise in France. A report disclosed by the Le Figaro from the French Central Criminal Intelligence Service noted that from 2016 to 2018 there had been thousands of cases of church vandalism, peaking in 2017 with 1,045 cases. According to the French Ministry of the Interior, when cemeteries and other sites are taken into consideration, the number of acts of vandalism rose to 1,063 in 2018.

Douglas Murray (2017) in The Strange Death of Europe brilliantly said: The unusual European settlement, drawn up from ancient Greece and Rome, catalysed by the Christian religion and refined through the fire of the Enlightenments, turned out to be a highly particular inheritance. Indeed, an inheritance destroyed by the post-WWII European peoples.

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