Fire in Cathedral of Nantes: Detained volunteer confessed to starting blaze

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The motives of the accused 39-year-old citizen of Rwanda are not yet known
13:42, 26 July 2020

Le Parisien

A Rwandan refugee who volunteered for the medieval Peter and Paul Cathedral in Nantes, France, confessed to the arson, as the BFM TV channel reports, referring to the lawyer of the accused.

"My client cooperated with the investigation... He bitterly regrets the facts, and the confession was a release for him," Quentin Chabert, the lawyer said.

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According to him, the accused ‘repents and is amazed at the scale of the events’.

As the prosecutor clarified, the man admitted that he had committed arson in three places: under a large organ, under a small organ and near the electrical panel. He was charged and taken into custody.

The abbot of Nantes Cathedral said last week that the volunteer was a Rwandan who took refuge in France a few years ago.

I trust him, as well as all the employees,” noted Hubert Champenois. The abbot, in his own words, knew the volunteer for "four or five years."

As we reported before, on 18 July, in French Nantes, the medieval cathedral of Peter and Paul was caught on fire.

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