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“They will take from you everything”: how the far-right is already exploiting the tragedy of the Notre Dame fire

From unverified claims that the fire was intentional to fake pictures and videos of alleged arsonists, far-right internet trolls started spreading disinformation within minutes of the fire breaking out

By Cécile Guerin  

The Notre Dame fire has already been used by far-right accounts posting anti-Muslim sentiments. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When the fire started at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, thousands of Parisians and tourists gathered on the banks of the Seine watched in horror as flames engulfed one of the world’s most famous gothic cathedrals and its spire snapped in two before collapsing.

The symbolical blow has been profound: Notre Dame is France’s geographical and historical centre, the starting point for all major French roads. But the symbolical significance of Notre…

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