French President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Monday evening that France will rebuild Notre-Dame", as he visited the famed Paris cathedral which was partly ravaged by fire, according to AFP.
He added with tears in his eyes "the worst has been avoided" thanks to the work of firefighters who saved the cathedral's two towers and facade and vowed to draw on "the best talent" to rebuild the rest.
Earlier Macron has canceled his planned speech to the nation in light of the "terrible fire" underway at Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral, said an official at the president's Elysee office.
The news came as the fire spread towards the giant spire of the cathedral, as crowds gathered in nearby squares.
The accident started on Monday afternoon when a spokesperson from the fire department said that a fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, without giving details or the cause of the blaze.
Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames lept out besides its two bell towers, a Reuters witness said.