By Hung Chien-lun, Sabine Cheng, Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s public and private sectors and France’s de facto embassy in the country voiced heartfelt sadness and sympathy after a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening (local time) destroyed the 850-year-old cathedral’s iconic spire and roof.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) tweeted that she was saddened to see the images of a burning NotreDame Cathedral, which she described as “a magnificent cultural treasure in the world.”
“Our thoughts are with all in #France,” Tsai wrote on Twitter.
She also directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to convey Taiwan’s concern over the tragedy to France and expressed hope the cathedral will be rebuilt, according to the Presidential Office. [FULL STORY]