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Notre-Dame in the French Imagination

It is the kind of thing that happens, we know, but it never seemed likely to happen in our time. It’s not the kind of thing that never happens, just not the kind of thing that we expect to live through, much less watch in real time, on…

On the Roof of Notre-Dame, Before It Burned

Seeing the spire of Notre-Dame split like a pencil, you wanted, honestly, to be sick. “La flèche s’est effondrée” (“The spire is collapsing”) was how they said it—on T.V., on the radio, on Twitter—in French. “La flèche” also means…
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