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Amb. Hoekstra: Rebuilding Notre Dame Will Be 'a Global Event'

notre dame in paris is ablaze as a firefighter douses it with a hose
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By    |   Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:18 AM

Repairing and restoring the historic Cathedral de Notre Dame will be a global endeavor, America's ambassador to the Netherlands, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told Newsmax on Tuesday morning.

He also predicted the Dutch people would do everything they can to contribute to the recovery effort.

In an exclusive interview Hoekstra, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee during his time in Congress, told Newsmax he felt "shock and horror" at the fire that decimated the historic structure Monday.

"It's been an icon on the Paris landscape now for over 800 years," he said. "And to be watching it burn, I think everybody that I talk to at the Hague here, they're in total sympathy with the French.

"The response this morning – it appears some of the elements inside the church have been spared – and so I think the anticipation now is how do we help the French bounce back from the tragedy? How do we move forward?"

Hoekstra said his contacts at the Hague are all hoping something positive can be salvaged from what he called "a terrible event." And he predicted it will take a global effort.

"The Dutch will do everything that they can to help France, Paris, and the Catholic church rebuild something that is probably irreplaceable," the ambassador told Newsmax.

"Clearly, it will be a European event – and I think it will be a global event – to rebuild it," he said.

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America's ambassador to the Netherlands, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told Newsmax on Tuesday morning repairing and restoring the historic Cathedral de Notre Dame will be a global endeavor.
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