A Rwandan asylum-seeker has been charged in the arson of a historic medieval church in Nantes, France. The Nantes Cathedral had been set ablaze earlier this month, suffering damages that led some to believe the building would be destroyed. The church’s historic organ has been rendered beyond repair.
In a twist, the suspect in question, a volunteer involving in maintaining the cathedral premises, had been originally cleared by French prosecutors after being investigated for his role in the fire. Now, after being initially cleared, he’s been charged after admitting to starting the fire at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
The thus-unnamed 39-year old individual is alleged to have set three fires at the cathedral; one at an electrical box, and two near the church’s organ. He has been identified as an asylum seeker, who was only recently ordered to depart from the country in March after his claim to asylum was rejected by the French government.
The man had been taken into custody the day after the fire, only to be later released when he strenuously rejected any involvement in the fire. He was brought back into custody on Saturday and questioned with new evidence suggesting he started the fire, and admitted to his culpability in the incident to investigators.
Nantes prosecutors have explained that the asylum seeker has been charged with “destruction and damage by fire” and could face a 10-year jail term and a fine of 150,000 euros ($175,000) if convicted.
The Nantes Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul first began its construction in A.D. 1434, and was built over a remarkable period of 500 years, reaching completion in 1891.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Endorses Donald Trump’s Reelection
Ties have grown between America and Brazil in recent years.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his endorsement of President Donald Trump in an event signing a new trade agreement between the United States and Brazil on Tuesday in the South American country.
“God willing I will be able to attend Trump’s second inauguration,” said Bolsonaro at a press conference detailing the new agreement with US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Bolsonaro wanted to emphasize that he does not wish to “interfere” with the US election, but that his support for President Trump comes from the heart.
Bolsonaro and Trump have coordinated on policy to contain Venezuelan and Cuban-style Communism within South America. NSA O’Brien stated that relations between the US and Brazil have “never been stronger” at the trade agreement signing. The US designated Brazil a “non-NATO” ally in 2019, and the two countries have worked together on environmental policy to deter wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.
The new “mini-trade deal” signed between the two countries will regulate telecommunications exchanges between the US and Brazil. Brazil, which is the second-most populous nation in the New World with 211 million people, is an increasingly significant country in global business and diplomatic affairs.
Bolsonaro himself is somewhat of a right-wing populist in the veins of global leaders such as Viktor Orban, Andrzej Duda, and President Trump. He won election in 2018 in a landslide, capitalizing on alienation among the Brazilian electorate for the socialist-style governments that had governed the country for over a decade, mass crime, and preferences for gun rights.
Establishment liberals frequently receive endorsement from globalist leaders across the world, and never think twice about not crying “foreign interference” in the event that it benefits them. President Bolsonaro isn’t an American, but it certainly bodes well to see the leader of the Americas’ second largest country develop a strong working relationship with President Trump.
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