French Police Detain Man Over Nantes Cathedral Fire, Reports Suggest

The authorities launched an investigation on Saturday after a major fire devastated Nantes’ Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, destroying a centuries-old organ inside the church.

A man has been taken into custody over the blaze in the Nantes Cathedral, AFP reported on Sunday, citing a prosecutor. According to preliminary reports, the detained individual is a 39-year-old refugee from Rwanda, working for the diocese.

The man “was responsible for closing the cathedral on Friday evening and investigators wanted to clarify certain elements of this person’s schedule”, prosecutor Pierre Sennès told AFP.

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