Notre-Dame saved and to be rebuilt after devastating fire
Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame, after a blaze ripped through the cathedral last night.
He stated it is a part of "France's destiny" and is what "history deserves", and will seek national and international aid to help restore the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
President Macron also thanked the hard work of the firefighters, who worked around the clock to control the blaze. Emergency services managed to save a lot of the stone structure of the cathedral - including the two main iconic towers.
No fatalities have been reported, however a firefighter was seriously injured in the blaze.
What was damaged?
The fire is said to have started at approximately 6:30pm. Crowds gasped as they watched the iconic 856-year-old building go up in flames.
The wooden spire at the top of the tower - a part of the Notre-Dame which has withstood eight centuries - went down in flames and collapsed into the roof.
It’s still not known how many valuable artefacts have been lost, but emergency services have managed to save most major artworks, statues and relics.
However, it's unlikely some of the Notre-Dame's glass-stained windows survived the blaze.
It could take a decade and hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild the gothic cathedral.
Investigators are currently assessing the damage, and are trying to find a cause behind the devastating fire.
Historic author Ken Follett has done extensive studies on Notre-Dame, and was due to make a documentary on the heritage site.
He told Good Morning Britain he was very "surprised" at the speed of the flames and "there's something else is going on".
Watch his explanation of how the Notre-Dame caught fire.
The world reacts
Parisians have found solidarity in tragedy, with many gathering in the early hours of the morning to witness firefighters on the scene. Masses of locals gathered to pray and sing hymns along the Seine.
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering - the company which owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent - has pledged £86 million towards restoration efforts.
Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH - the company behind Louis Vuitton - has also pledged over £172 million.
There's also been an outpouring of support for French citizens from around the world.
President of the EU Council Donald Tusk has called on all members of the EU to pledge their support, stating: "I’d like to say words of comfort and solidarity with the French nation, also as a citizen of Gdańsk, (which was) 90% destroyed and burnt, later rebuilt. You will also rebuild your cathedral!"
"From Strasbourg, French capital of the EU, I call on all 28 States to take part in this task."
President Donald Trump tweeted his sympathies, along with advice on how to put out the fire: "So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"