On Monday, in the wake of the horrific fire which devastated the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, some pundits and social media commenters began to question whether or not the fire was intentional.
With the cause of the blaze yet unknown as of Monday evening, reports of some individuals allegedly celebrating the catastrophe began to circulate.
Jihadists reveled in the fire engulfing the Notre Dame Cathedral in #Paris, France, sharing media photos of the flames and billowing smoke, and comments expressing their joy https://t.co/uSbhBKwCrv pic.twitter.com/xsnZrTtrlz
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 15, 2019
Twitter user Damien Rieu posted a video showing the amount of people responding to a video of the Paris church with a “laughing” face emoji.
Social media commenters noted that just days before the fire, an individual linked to terrorism was jailed for a plot to bomb the Notre Dame Cathedral in 2016, leading to speculation that the fire may have been a terrorist act.
Just a few days ago, a female jihadi jailed over attempted car bombing outside Notre Dame.https://t.co/nJfpUTyrRA
— 🇺🇸AnthemRespect🇺🇸 (@AnthemRespect) April 15, 2019
While details remain unknown, many on social media have shared pictures and video from the incident, while questioning whether or not the fire was accidental, or something far more sinister.
Others pointed out that, in recent weeks, as many as twelve other churches have been vandalized across France.
Really an accident? Hmmm… 🤔
— Goldfisch Lassard (@GoldfischLassa1) April 15, 2019
— JOE LISKA (@warpony2310) April 15, 2019
I will always suspect terrorists.
— Sherry Swain (@SherrySwain) April 15, 2019
I believe this was a terrorist attack
— Vickie (@Vickievlmar) April 15, 2019
Such a tragedy seeing the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral incinerated right before our eyes. It’s so disturbing to see joy being expressed by numerous people as this beautiful, historic cathedral burns ferociously.. sad to see this happening during Holy Week.
— tj 🇺🇸 (@Sweethonezty07) April 15, 2019
— Wyatt Earp 🇫🇷😢 (@AccuracyIsFinal) April 15, 2019