Relatives attend the private burial  of former French president Jacques Chirac at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of French people demonstrated their affection for Jacques Chirac, the former president who died on September 26th at the age of 86, by queui(...)

 The first service to be held since fire devastated the Gothic landmark two months ago. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Haselt/AFP/Getty Images

A small congregation wearing hard hats will attend mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Saturday, the first service to be held since fire devastat(...)

 Notre Dame cathedral following the fire on  April 17th.  While Christians worldwide long for its  restoration, ultimately it will not have been saved at all if it becomes merely a ghost of a cathedral. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

There is something moving about the response to the burning of Notre Dame. Many people felt distressed because part of our cultural heritage was being(...)