Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic cathedrals, has experienced a catastrophic fire. The stone roof has collapsed into the nave and many if not all of the magnificent stained glass windows have been severely damaged or destroyed. The fire began at 6:50 pm Paris time
Islamic terrorists have carried out horrific attacks across the City of Light, leaving at least 153 innocent people dead, most of them at a rock concert at the Bataclan concert hall where the California group Eagles of Death Metal were giving a concert. This was the largest of a co-ordinated group of attacks across the city, and there is no certainty that the attacks are over either in France or elsewhere. American Airlines has suspended flights to Paris, but so far no other airlines have followed suit. Yesterday in the US, there were numerous laser attacks on aircraft, but no damage was reported and none of the pilots involved were blinded. Whether this was part of a larger worldwide attack is unknown.
The newest pet fad in suburban Paris is the Barbary Ape, an endangered species that is imported illegally from North Africa. They start out as a sweet, cuddly pet, but grow up into powerful, aggressive adults, with murderous teeth and claws. Youth gangs in poor sections of town like to keep the adults as a kind of guard animal, especially now that pit bulls and other aggressive dogs must be kept on a leash.