Moving Notre Dame photo of dad dancing with daughter shortly before fire inspires search

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For more than 800 years the cathedral of Notre-Dame has been one of Paris’ most iconic landmarks and buildings.

In the most recent chapter of its history, the cathedral was yesterday devastated by a blaze, of which the cause is still unknown .

It’s a huge blow for the French capital – every year 12 million visitors flock to the Île de la Cité to take in the spectacular gothic building.

Just hours before the inferno, two of Notre-Dame’s many visitors were captured enjoying a touching moment outside.

Brooke Windsor took a photo of what appears to be a father dancing with his young daughter, with the cathedral gleaming proudly in the background.

She posted it Twitter as news of the disaster

“I took this photo as we were leaving  NotreDame  about an hour before it caught on fire,” she wrote.

“I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had,” she added.”

Brooke appealed to Twitter users to share the image so the dad could have it to keep for himself.

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“Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this,” she finished.

A French translation which may help is: Je cherche le père et sa fille sur cette photo, prise environ une heure avant l’incendie de Notre-Dame.

It was quickly picked up on by social media users who were touched by the poignancy of the photo.

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She later added: “I do not know for sure if it was a dad and daughter, it’s simply the dynamic I observed from them while debating on interrupting this moment.

“It may be an uncle, brother, friend, who knows until we find them.

  “It was taken at 5:57 local time.”

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation from outside the still-smoking cathedral and promised Notre Dame would rise from the ashes .

He said: “We will appeal to the greatest talents and we will rebuild Notre-Dame because that’s what the French are waiting for, because that’s what our history deserves, because it’s our deepest destiny.”

Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault and his dad hve pledged €100million to help restore the landmark.

 

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