They'll build it back, 70 years ago Dresden was almost wiped from the face of the Earth and the Germans built it back. I know that is little consolation to what happened to Notre Dam but at least the complete structure did not collapse and there is something to build. voici l'esprit indomidable de l'homme
Re: Another theory nobody wants to touch with a hundred foot pole
I suppose it could have been deliberate. God knows that there are plenty of reasons to be disgruntled with the Catholics but Notre Dame is not one of them. If it was deliberate we can be sure that a religious zealot was involved.
I had the same thought and it is not a total loss but tragic nonetheless. Kind of like that Greek dudes ship with the repaired planks and nothing is really what it was yesterday anyway except maybe things like an indomitable spirit.