Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of Paris fireplace service, entered the cathedral with firefighters to assist salvage among the priceless artifacts held within the constructing, the Paris 15th district mayor Philippe Goujon informed reporters on Tuesday.
Fournier had beforehand held prayers and assisted victims after terrorists killed 130 folks in assaults all through the French capital in November 2015.
They embody the Crown of Thorns, which some consider was positioned on the top of Christ and which the cathedral calls its “most valuable and most commemorated relic.”
He has been praised as a hero all through social media for his bravery after Etienne Loraillère, the director of the French Catholic tv community KTO, posted an image of Fournier and recommended the chaplain.
Fournier was based mostly in Germany earlier than he joined the Paris fireplace service as its chaplain, and has additionally served within the Diocese of the French Armed Forces in Afghanistan, in line with an interview he gave to Christian Household journal after the 2015 terror assaults.
Officers have began relocating quite a few artifacts items of artwork from the Notre Dame, with most being relocated to both Paris’ Metropolis Corridor or the Louvre museum.
A tweet from Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed crews eradicating artworks.
“We managed to guard probably the most valuable treasures in a secure place,” a Paris Metropolis Corridor spokesperson informed CNN on Tuesday.
CNN has contacted the Paris fireplace service for remark.