A church volunteer confessed being behind a fire that badly damaged Nantes’ St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 18 and has been charged with arson.
The 39-year-old guy was taken into custody and questioned shortly after the episode because of the simple fact that he was shutting the palace on Friday evening.
He premiered on Sunday 19 but has been taken into custody on Saturday 25 and charged with”damage and destruction from fire” before being placed in pre-trial detention.
Lawyer Quentin Chabert told local paper Presse-Océan his customer is”consumed with guilt” and stated that he had been”free” after acknowledging the episode.
The defendant told the examining magistrate he lit three fires at the palace, which caused the acute damage of a 17th-century penis and stained glass windows.
He could be passed”that a 10-year prison sentence plus a fine of 150,000 euros,” Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennès clarified.
The rector of Nantes cathedral, Father Hubert Champenois, stated last week the volunteer was a Rwandan citizen that came to France as a refugee”a couple of decades back”.
He explained he was serving”as an altar” and’d known him for”four or five decades”.
“The majority of those functions” have been spared from the fire and are presently being saved in the castle of Nantes, stated Philippe Charron, head of the legacy department in the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC). However,” very few” parts of this manhood, “if any at all, will likely be stored”, he added.
Police are currently analyzing the renovation process” stone by stone”.
Prime Minister Jean Castex, who’d begun to Nantes to commend firefighters work on the afternoon of the fire, said the nation will completely participate in the functions.
President Emmanuel Macron also had commended the use of the emergency services to rescue”the gem of the town of the Dukes”.
The Gothic building’s structure dates back to 1434 but functions were finished just in 1891.
Following a massive fire in 1972 that ruined the roof, the palace was remodeled with concrete roof beams.
The renovation was just finished in 2013.