I am not a conspiracy theorist. But something about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire doesn’t quite add up.
Whilst the fire was still burning yesterday we were confidently informed by the Paris authorities that it was not arson. The finger of suspicion was being pointed at the ongoing renovation work which somehow set off the fire. So we were told.
But the cause of the fire was not known and no investigation had been undertaken. After all, the Cathedral was still on fire. The building was about to collapse.
France has some of the toughest health and safety regulations in the world. The French people are famously anal about fire safety. And this is true of just regular buildings. Imagine the precautions and preparations that must have been taken to ensure the safety of an 800 year old building!
Consider: Notre Dame has survived unscathed during two world wars, a Revolution, countless religious and civil conflicts, and has never suffered a catastrophic event like this before. In 2019!
And for centuries the only lighting in the Cathedral was from thousands of lighted candles.
How could a fire just happen (“ooops” ) in our time with those famously tough fire safety regulations?
I have no proof it was arson. I am just speculating. But the narrative as given doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me.
And it gets worse:
Yesterday was the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week in the entire Christian calendar.
France has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months on prominent churches, some of them arson. It is not known who the culprits are.
maybe they are militant secularists
maybe they are a group of activists taking revenge on child abusing priests
maybe it is extremist Islamists
maybe it was some other individuals
I don’t know. Maybe we will never know the truth about the Notre Dame fire. But I am keeping all options open, even if the French authorities are not.