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Local residents react to destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral

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By Tris DeRoma

The tragic fire that engulfed the spire and towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris drew reaction from the international community in Los Alamos County Monday.

Marcel Remillieux, owner of Fleur de Lys Bakery and Coffee Shop on Trinity Drive, said he is as shocked as anyone else, especially since it’s the beginning of Holy Week. 

Remillieux was just on his way to Denver to pick his wife Stephanie up from the airport. She was just coming back from a two-week vacation in France when she heard the news on the plane.

The Remillieux’s have visited the 12th century cathedral many times. Marcel Remillieux said the history of the place, both religious and royal, is overwhelming as it spans almost a thousand years.

Even in more recent times, it survived tragedy, but escaped the fate that happened Monday.

“It survived the French Revolution, where the revolution tried to reduce the Catholic faith to nothing, it survived World WWII. It was the place the Americans came in 1944 to liberate France… and now at the beginning of the 21st century it’s all going up in flames. It’s very tragic,” Marcel Remillieux said. 


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