Trump suggested dropping water on Notre Dame fire; that solution was deemed unsuitable

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is treating the fire gutting Notre Dame Cathedral as a national emergency.

Macron reached the landmark cathedral on Monday evening and went straight into meetings at the nearby Paris police headquarters.

France’s civil security agency says ‘‘all means’’ except for water-dropping aircraft were deployed to tackle the blaze.


The defense agency said those were unsuitable for fires like the one at Notre-Dame because dumping water on the building could cause the whole structure to collapse.

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The comments come after President Trump tweeted: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”