Notre Dame Burns...Conspiracy Debunked
By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
Author's Note: This article is solely about the man in the video and NOT about who did or did not start the Notre Dame fire. The opinions and conclusions expressed within are ours alone.
“Paris is beheaded,” so said Pierre-Eric Trimovillas as he watched the spire come crashing down, and yet the white cross remained unscathed...a beacon of hope against the cathedral's ruins...God's hand perhaps.
And so it stood the test of time and bore witness to some of history's most monumental moments. Joan of Arc was beatified there; French kings were crowned within its majestic hall; Napoleon declared himself emperor there in 1804; the French revolution did it little harm; and neither World War I nor World War II would see to its demise. It was restored, renovated, and repaired over the centuries many times over as one would expect a now 850-year old building to be, and done so with little to no problems arising.
But that all changed last Monday when around 6:43 p.m. local French time fire alarms sounded at the Cathedral of Notre Dame...a testament to both French Gothic architecture and more importantly to the Holy Roman Catholic Church itself. The cathedral is a Paris landmark situated on an island within the city's center, an island called the Île de la Cité, an island surrounded by the River Seine. Completed around 1260 A.D., the Cathedral of Notre Dame (the Cathedral of Our Lady) is a landmark from which all destination points in Paris emanate..."Point Zero” the Parisians call it.
And a structure as majestic as this cathedral...a structure honoring the years Roman Catholicism has been a French mainstay...deserves better treatment than she is getting now for the conspiracies concerning the fire are doing more harm to Christianity itself than even that which the Crusaders tried to undue. And while the media and the French government can do little to debunk the conspiracy nonsense...at least not right now...maybe RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS can.
So let's start with what we know, as in the Cathedral of Notre Dame...now owned by the French State and not the Catholic Church as many assume...has been undergoing restorations for some time...age does take its toll on all things after all. And it's a $6.8 million restoration with part of the work being clearly visible around the cathedral's central 750 ton spire...ground zero from which many believe the fire emanated from. In fact, local Paris TV network BFM-TV was the first to report that the fire was “possibly linked” to the oak “covered in lead” spire's renovation, and thus began within the wooden rafters surrounding it. But the fact is that no actual work was being done, renovations wise, at that time the fire broke out as the scaffolding was still in the process of being assembled...nor were there any workers on the roof itself or on the scaffolding in the hour leading up to the fire. And besides, no sources of electricity or any construction equipment that could start a fire were allowed on or even near the roof for fear of starting a fire due to the roof's ancient wood composition.
And of note here is the fact that no significant show of firefighters were stationed at the historic cathedral after the first alarm went off...just to be on the safe side if you will as the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a French historical treasure. And yet 500 firefighters assembled on scene after the second alarm was sounded as fire was now visibly noted. That bad call in judgment the French government and corresponding fire departments must surely answer for, for if there had been more firefighters on scene as soon as the first alarm was sounded, the damage done to “Our Lady” might not have been as extensive as it is now.
So now before we take on the widely disseminated video that seems to be ground zero of all the conspiracy theories that are now making the rounds...theories as to the fire's origin....lets first visit France's recent past for a bit and see how that adds fuel to the conspiracy fire.
Fact: the Cathedral of Notre Dame is but the latest in a series of attacks on France's Roman Catholic churches...attacks that for the most part went under reported or not reported on at all. Within the past four years literally hundreds of French churches have been vandalized many with fires started, in fact, this past February alone saw ten incidents of vandalism and desecration occurring. On February 5th an alter cloth was set on fire with crosses and statues being torn down and disfigured at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur. And then just a day later on February 6th vandals at a Catholic church in Nimes entered the sanctuary, throwing the consecrated hosts on the ground and drew a cross on the wall in human excrement. And on February 9th acts of vandalism was reported at the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon in Côte-d’Or.
Then just a few weeks ago in late March, the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles, in north-central France, saw a statue of the Virgin Mary being smashed almost to the point of being beheaded while the altar cross was heavily damaged after having been thrown on the ground and obviously stomped on.
And it was that particular fire that some see Saint-Sulpice as being a forerunner...a test if you will... leading up to the Holy Week destruction at Notre Dame. And why...because the a fore mentioned past coupled with the here-and now-video has led many people to believe what we feel is the wrong truth.
Due to those just stated factors along with the fact that there are some things we cannot discern from the video, there are most certainly some things that we can definitively tell you regarding this video.
And so we began the process of doing a “forensic” autopsy of not just the original video but a newly found close-up video that came to our attention. First, we developed a list of possibilities for who that person walking along the exterior balcony of the right bell tower could be, so let’s take those possibilities one at a time.
Could it be a firefighter? We can see, and so too can you see, that the person is wearing what appears to be light colored clothing, and the sleeves appear to be dark…most likely black, The person’s head has a light, possibly white covering, and the lower part of the person’s face appears to have either a dark beard, or some sort of dark covering that extends down to about the mid-chest.
Also bearing note...standard practice in any emergency situation for any firefighter when on or in a burning structure, is that they are never alone. The person in the video is very much alone. Given the garb, the gate, and the solitary presence of the person in the video we have been able to rule out it being a fire fighter.
Could it be a police officer? Once again, hundreds upon hundreds of Parisian and French police photos reveal no match or even a close match to what the person in the video was wearing, and police would not be inside any part of that structure while the fire was blazing.
Further negating the notion that this could have been someone retrieving artifacts is the fact that the person in the video is on an upper balcony of the right bell tower, and there were never any artifacts other than the bells themselves, weighing several tons each, in the bell towers.
However, there also were bad reasons to be in that place at that time, and we couldn’t discount either of those two possibilities.
At this point, everything seemed to be pointing toward nefarious actions, and as we said before, with all the churches in France over the past four years that have been vandalized or destroyed by today’s most infamous of bad actors, we were almost ready to make our determination, especially since we like so many others at first glance questioned the clothing worn by the man in the video.
But before we would even consider jumping on the conspiracy bandwagon there was one possibility that had to be investigated...a possibility most refused to even consider, as in could the man in the video have been a construction worker or an engineer of some sort?
Remember, as we previously stated there were no construction workers reported to have been working on the structure when the fire broke out, and besides there was no construction or renovation taking place in the bell towers themselves. Philippe Villeneuve, the architect-in-chief of the “Monuments Historiques,” the administration that maintains and repairs monuments in France, and the man in charge of the Notre Dame project, made it quite clear that, “Work had not started yet, scaffoldings were still being built.”
Furthermore, Julien Le Bras, the head of the company that was building the actual scaffolding (Europe Echafaudage) said, “All I can say for the time being is that at the moment of the fire, absolutely none of the employees of my company was present on site.”
And that’s a key thing...“at the moment of the fire…” none of his employees was present…but the video that kick-started the conspiracy was shot well into the fire. Did anyone from a construction company go up onto that bell tower walkway to check on the bell towers or on the supports that held the multi-ton bells, and if so would that person’s garb be a match for what we can see in the hazy video?
After a lot of research, we discovered that the answer to that question is...yes.
First, let’s look more closely at the man in the orange vest at the bottom right of the image. Orange vest, white hat, black shirt. It seems like two out of the three criteria for the garb worn by the man in the video.
But even now yet another video is making the rounds helping to fan the flames of conspiracy. That video, from a webcam overlooking Notre Dame, shows someone walking near the spire and a flash. The conspiracy is that whoever that person was lit a device that started the fire. Given what we have been able to discern regarding the original video, and given that in the closer version of the “flash” video, the flash is square and there is no fire at the time that person is on camera. Our belief is that the person in the “flash” video is part of the renovation team taking photographs to be used as reference during the renovation project and is using professional equipment which would account for the square nature of the flash itself.
So the bottom line is this, after having extensively examined all the videos in question, after having sorted through all the possibilities one by one, including putting what happened at Notre Dame into the proper context of similar occurrences happening in France within the past week, the past few months, and over the past four years, while discerning every bit we could regarding the person seen in that hazy, fuzzy video, we have arrived at the most probable conclusion, and we did so no matter that all French officials rushed to judgment that the fire at Notre Dame was an accident.
The official line remains that the fire at Notre Dame was a terrible accident, and while a thorough investigation into the exact cause will take a good deal of time, and we may well never know the exact cause, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS, after an exhaustive investigation, can say with confidence that the man in the hazy video had nothing whatsoever to do with the fire...propaganda be damned.
And that is at least one conspiracy theory we hope is finally debunked.
*Each beam of the cathedral attic’s wooden frame was made from 1300 individual trees thus giving it the nickname "the forest."
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