For over 850 years, Notre-Dame de Paris survived the French Revolution, two world wars, terror threats and pollution.
But on Monday the historic Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames and nearly destroyed.
It is not yet clear how the fire at Notre Dame started. French officials have not said it was due to arson.
But what is clear is that hundreds of French churches have come under attack in the just the last year.
Saint Sulpice in France caught fire less than a month ago.
According to the UK Sun 875 French churches were vandalized just last year.
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CHURCHES across France have been set on fire and poo smeared on walls as the country’s Christian heritage is said to be under attack from “militant secularism”.
Recent incidents have included a fire in Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, human poo daubed on a wall in Notre-Dame-des-Enfacts in Nimes, and an organ vandalised at Saint-Denis basilica outside Paris.
Some politicians have claimed the country’s Christian heritage is under threat from petty criminals encouraged by “militant secularism”.
Figures released by French police showed that 875 of France’s 42,258 churches were vandalised last year.
A further 129 churches reported thefts from the premises.
The interior ministry said that 59 cemeteries were also vandalised.
The churches were vandalized by radical leftists and Muslims.