‘Shocked, surprised and sad’ French exchange student reflects on Notre Dame fire

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STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Monday’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral hits very close to home for one local student.

Julie Klein is from France, studying at Georgia Southern University. Klein says she’s visited the historic cathedral in Paris and says it’s simply beautiful.

The exchange student says she found out about the fire through social media and instantly felt a flood of emotions.

“I was shocked, surprised and sad to learn that, because there is a lot of history in this building and everybody is very sad about that,” she said. “My family, French people, everybody I know. It’s not only for Catholic people, it’s a lot of emotion for everybody.”

While the fire is out in Paris, it will take years to rebuild the landmark.

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