“I’ve been crying off and on all day,” French native in Mobile reacts to Notre Dame fire

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VIDEO: "I've been crying off and on all day," French native in Mobile reacts to Notre Dame fire

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Antéa Lefebvre grew up just outside of Paris. She learned Notre Dame was up in flames from her kitchen in her West Mobile home.

“A friend of my mom group texted us and said ‘Did you hear about the Notre Dame?’ and I said ‘What do you mean?'”

From there, she was glued to videos of the iconic structure on fire. 

“This beautiful piece of art and architecture and history that’s disappearing before your eyes so it’s really hard,” she said.

Lefebvre says Notre Dame isn’t just a staple, isn’t just a cathedral, but the emotional heartbeat of the city, and something people connect with across the world.

“It feels silly to cry over a building as we would a human tragedy, but it’s just because it represents
the unity of people. And the unity of the world….” She had to stop for a moment, fighting back tears. “I think that’s why it’s so sad to Parisians because it’s somewhere where you can just come together and you’re the same as everybody else.”

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