Dukasaur wrote:Fires are not a political matter. It only takes one careless workman to set something on fire, and that has nothing to do with politics or economics. There have been a lot of horrific fires over the years in a lot of places, under ever imaginable political and economic scenario.
How can anyone say, with a straight face, that Notre Dame spent 800 years in the middle of a city subject to multiple air and artillery attacks using thousand-pound bombs and high explosive shells, gigantic revolutions, and millions of tourists parading through it and never had so much as a smoldering curtain but yesterday - out of the blue - a "careless workman" is able to accidentally burn the place to the ground with a dropped cigarette?
Sorry but this defies belief.
The careless workman is the cause of the fire. The cause of the destruction is the French government.
The only possible explanation is that some bare minimum of health and safety standards have been allowed to slip. Given that the French government, weekend after weekend, is unable to even enforce law and order in downtown Paris - one of the most basic functions of any government - the idea that it also can't enforce some minimum construction safety codes is a very reasonable assumption.
Dukasaur wrote:Why am I not surprised to see saxipuke taking cheap shots at France during this great tragedy?
Macron is the great tragedy. Notre Dame is just a symptom. Anyone who doesn't realize that will be surprised when the Louvre spontaneously collapses next month and a French nuclear plant melts down the month after. I won't be.
Time for the French to face the fact that the Élysée Palace is occupied by buffoons and amateurs whose government just let happen something that even medieval governments, run by people with the modern equivalent of a junior high education, were competent enough to prevent. Hugh Capet is rolling over in his grave.