July 21, 2020 / 3:20 PM / 22 days ago

Nantes cathedral fire may be accidental: French minister

FILE PHOTO: A view of debris caused by a fire inside the Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul in Nantes, France, July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - There is nothing to suggest at this stage that a fire in the 15-century cathedral in the western French city of Nantes was started deliberately, France’s interior minister said on Tuesday.

“At this hour, nothing suggests that this is a criminal act,” Gerald Darmanin told lawmakers in parliament. “An investigation has been opened. It could be that this was accidental.”

Reporting by Jean-Stephane Brosse; writing by John Irish; Editing by Catherine Evans

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