DISINFO: Intelligence services are behind the fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Outlet: sputnik.md (archived)*
  • Date of publication: May 02, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Romanian
  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • Countries / regions discussed: France
Notre Dame

DISINFO: Intelligence services are behind the fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral


The fire at the Notre-Dame of Paris is probably the work of intelligence services.


Conspiracy theory without any evidence. The police investigation into the Notre Dame fire shows that it was most likely due to a short circuit in a temporary elevator used for the renovation works. Arson was not confirmed by any evidence. Read other disinformation cases on Notre Dame fire here.


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