Disinfo: Fire at Notre Dame de Paris caused in order to hide the theft of funds

Summary

The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral might have been caused in order to hide the theft of funds allocated for restoration work.

The Cathedral may also have been targeted by Islamist radicals.

Disproof

No evidence given. See more pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Notre Dame fire in Paris here.

The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. According to French prosecutors, the fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: Notre Dame, Europe

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Notre Dame belongs to Russia, as France has denounced the European Christian values

Notre Dame belongs to us, Russians. France helped the Nazis to gain power in Ukraine. So “Notre Dame is ours” as Russians are the last to carry of European values. The Europeans themselves, including the French, have denounced and betrayed these values.

Disproof

Notre Dame belongs to the people of France, their history and culture.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about moral decline of Europe, while suggesting Russian superiority.

Volodymyr Zelensky – the cause of the fire in Notre Dame

The cause of the fire in Notre Dame de Paris was Volodymyr Zelensky, said a psychic.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky visited Paris a few days ago to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. He stopped just 5 km away from the cathedral. This is a warning sign from above for Macron, France and Ukraine that a such a fire might start around the world.

Disproof

No evidence given, unfounded claim targeting Ukraine's elections.

The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. According to French prosecutors, the fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident.

Fire in Notre Dame – “revenge for insulting the Kaaba”

The fire in Notre Dame – “revenge for insulting the Kaaba”, the holy shrine in Mekka. A mosque might be built at the site of Notre Dame.

Disproof

The statement is based on unfounded claims that the fire at the Notre Dame de Paris is a result of migration.

The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. According to French prosecutors, the fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident.