Most Chinese web users were shocked by the destruction in Paris, but a minority said it served the French right for the actions of their forebears a century and a half ago. Photo: AFP

Notre Dame fire attracts wave of sympathy in China, but some web users revive old grievances over destruction of Old Summer Palace

  • Some social media users regard devastation in Paris as karmic payback for destruction of imperial palace during the second opium war
  • But many others lament damage to historic cathedral as state broadcaster warns people not to be ‘narrow-minded and pathetic’
Topic |   China Society

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Most Chinese web users were shocked by the destruction in Paris, but a minority said it served the French right for the actions of their forebears a century and a half ago. Photo: AFP
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The spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames on Monday, April 15, 2019. Photo: AFP

Firefighters save Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral after massive blaze guts roof, burns down spire

  • Main towers of the building saved after hours-long battle with flames, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said
  • One firefighter injured, no civilian casualties reported
Topic |   France

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The spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames on Monday, April 15, 2019. Photo: AFP
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