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Summary

  1. A major fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris on Monday, threatening a jewel of world heritage
  2. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work
  3. A pall of smoke is cast across the French capital by the roaring blaze at one of Europe's most visited attractions
  4. The main spire of the Gothic cathedral, dating back to the 12th Century, collapses but the two bell towers are saved
  5. President Macron cancels major TV address to go to the scene and later pledges to rebuild the cathedral

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Follow our news updates

    We're now pausing our live coverage, but you can keep up to date with our news stories, video and background briefings on the BBC news website.

  2. Fire 'under control'

    The blaze at the cathedral has now been brought under control, says a spokesperson for the firefighters at the scene

  3. Notre-Dame 'will rise from its ashes'

    In a tweet, King Felipe VI of Spain has said "the world is and will be with France" in the aftermath of tonight's fire.

    King Felipe VI of Spain
  4. What has been destroyed

    Here's a look at the section of the cathedral that has been destroyed by the fire.

    Picture shows area that has been destroyed
  5. Billionaire pledge for cathedral's reconstruction

    French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering luxury group, has pledged €100m (£86m; $113m) towards rebuilding Notre-Dame, according to a statement quoted by AFP news agency.

    Earlier, President Emmanuel Macron vowed to launch an international fundraising scheme to rebuild the cathedral.

    Kering owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion brands.

  6. The treasures of Notre-Dame

    The North Rose stained glass window at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

    As the wooden rafters burned, the roof, a spire, and much of the cathedral's interior were destroyed.

    But some parts of the 850-year-old Gothic building have also been saved.

    From rose windows to gargoyles, from bells to relics, we look at what makes the Notre-Dame cathedral so special.

  7. 'Tonight I speak of hope' - Macron

    French President Emmanuel Macron alongside Notre-Dame cathedral

    More from the French president:

    "Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars... the epicentre of our lives.

    "Notre-Dame is burning, and I know the sadness, and this tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too.

    "Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow, and improved it.

    "So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together."

  8. Images of fire damage

    Flames can be seen from the interior of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris
    Image caption: Flames can be seen from the interior of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

    Images have emerged showing a different view of the damage caused to the cathedral - including a hole reportedly beneath where the spire was positioned.

    Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside Notre-Dame Cathedral as the fire continues to burn
    Image caption: Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside the building as the fire continues to burn
  9. Newspaper front pages

    The BBC's Neil Henderson has also been sharing some of tomorrow's French and British newspaper front pages on social media - with the Notre-Dame blaze dominating the news agenda.

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  10. France 'touched in its heart'

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy tweeted to say that France was "touched in its heart, in its identity, in its history".

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  11. What Notre-Dame means to the French

    More from the BBC's Henri Astier, himself a Parisian:

    It is impossible to overstate how shocking it is to watch such an enduring embodiment of our country burn.

    Locals are not famous for their sunny disposition, but few can walk along the banks of the Seine in the central part of the capital without feeling their spirits rise at the majestic bulk of Notre-Dame.

    It is one of the few sights sure to make a Parisian feel good about living there.

  12. Paris prosecutor opens investigation

    Further to its earlier announcement, the office says it is investigating "accidental destruction by fire".

  13. Our history is burning - Macron

    Mr Macron also expressed sympathy towards Catholics around the world.

    "What's happened this evening is obviously a terrible drama," he said.

    "[Emergency services fought the fire] with extreme courage, professionalism and determination... I would like to thank them on behalf of the entire nation.

    "This is our history, and it's burning."

  14. 'The worst has been avoided'

    Speaking at the scene in Paris, President Macron called the fire a "terrible tragedy", but added that the worst had been avoided.

    He said he planned to launch a fundraising campaign to renovate the cathedral.

    "We will rebuild Notre-Dame."