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It only took a spark: Investigators give first findings on historic Notre Dame fire

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A discarded cigarette, still alive with smoldering tobacco, is one of the most likely causes of the historic fire that saddened millions around the world and destroyed large parts of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

In a preliminary report Wednesday, investigators say they found no evidence of arson after weeks of interviewing 100 witnesses and sifting through tons of blackened debris and some 1,200 possible clues. A judicial inquiry will continue the probe.

The investigators said the most likely causes of the massive blaze are a lone cigarette or possibly an electrical spark from wires being used in an existing restoration effort underway when flames broke out in late afternoon of April 15.

Although seriously damaged with repairs likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, this was not the worst thing to happen to the 850 -ear-old cathedral. Construction began in 1163 and was completed in 1345.

It’s been the site of coronations including Napoleon’s and funerals like Charles deGaulle’s and marriages, including Mary Queen of Scots to her first husband Francis in 1558.

Notre Dame has been plundered and sacked including during the French Revolution as a symbol of royalty and the ancien regime. It was remodeled at one point to remove an entrance arch so a horse-drawn carriage could enter and save some royals a few steps. Several German shells inflicted World War I damage.

In 1909, almost 500 years after being burned alive by the English as a heretic, Jean of Arc was beatified there.

But fire, like April’s that fed on the ceiling’s 800-year-old oak beams, has been an infrequent intruder. According to Emily Guerry, a medieval historian:

Gothic cathedrals rarely catch fire. In fact, the Gothic style – with its powerful stone vaults and elegantly pointed arches – developed as a sort of flame-retardant system to protect cathedrals from fire.

The Gothic architectural style first appeared in and around Paris in the mid-12th century and became popular across Europe after a number of Romanesque churches succumbed to incendiary destruction, due in part to the high risk of older barrel vaults made of wood.

In fact, she noted, that after fire collapsed Britain’s Romanesque Canterbury Cathedral in 1174, monks invited French masons to rebuild their church in the fire-resistant Gothic style.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral within five years, estimated by architects to be an extremely optimistic view.

Meanwhile, workers are dismantling some 50,000 sections of pipe scaffolding erected for the pre-fire renovation. According to Notre Dame officials, the 15-hour fire heated some pipe sections to nearly 1,500 degrees.

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Sweden eases past Canada to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

Stina Blackstenius scored early in the second half and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada on Monday night.

Blacktenius scored in the 55th minute. Canada had a chance to pull even in the 69th but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Janine Beckie’s penalty kick after a handball was called on Kosovare Asllani.

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Ninth-ranked Sweden will face No. 2 Germany in a quarterfinal on Saturday in Rennes. Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating African champion Nigeria 3-0 on Saturday.

Sweden was eliminated with a 4-1 round of 16 loss to Germany four years ago at the World Cup in Canada.

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Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius, left, celebrates scoring the only goal of Monday’s match. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Beckie took the penalty rather than captain Christine Sinclair, whose 182 goals remain two shy of matching the record set by retired American Abby Wambach.

Sinclair, who had a goal in Canada’s final group stage match against the Netherlands, is the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Brazil’s Marta. Eight of Sinclair’s goals have come against Sweden.

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Sweden finished second in its group behind the defending champion U.S. The Swedes wrapped up the group with a 2-0 loss to the Americans, who they famously knocked out of the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

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Sweden has been to all eight World Cups since the women’s tournament started in 1991. Its best finish was runner up in 2003.

Fifth-ranked Canada, which finished second in its group after a 2-1 loss to the Dutch, has bronze medals in the last two Olympics but fell to England in the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

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The Latest: FIFA says arrest of Platini is ‘concerning’

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The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local):

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12:50 p.m.

FIFA says it is “concerning” to hear that former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in France in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

FIFA says it is aware of the reports concerning Platini but does not have the details of the French investigation.

As UEFA president, Platini was also a FIFA vice president.

FIFA says it “reiterates its full commitment to cooperating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities.”

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11 a.m.

A judicial official in France says former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, the official says Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Platini, a former France soccer great, was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.

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Notre-Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire

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The Notre Dame cathedral is holding its first Mass since the April fire that ravaged the edifice’s roof and caused its masterpiece spire to collapse.

Saturday’s mass at the Gothic building will be celebrated by Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit amid reduced attendance. For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — will be admitted inside the cathedral. Aupetit will be wearing a construction worker’s helmet in addition to his miter.

Worshippers won’t be authorized in the cathedral but can watch the Mass on a Catholic TV station that is broadcasting the service. Aupetit has also invited some of the workers hired to rebuild the church.

French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding the cathedral in just five years, which some experts consider impossible to reach.

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End of prison hostage standoff in France, 2 guards freed

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The French justice ministry says two guards have been freed after a hostage-taking by an inmate armed with a hand-made weapon at a top security French prison in Normandy.

The inmate surrendered overnight to special intervention forces called to the scene at Conde-Sur-Sarthe Penitentiary, the ministry said Wednesday.

The prisoner had taken the two guards hostage at dinner time Tuesday.

Prison union representatives described the 35-year-old inmate as “professor of hostage-taking” as he was previously involved in five similar incidents.

The man, convicted for rape and the murder of a prison cellmate, has a history of psychiatric problems, the ministry said.

Conde-Sur-Sarthe was also the site of a hostage-taking in March.

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Man killed in electric scooter accident in Paris

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Paris police say a man on an electric scooter has died after being hit by a van in Paris on Monday night.

It was the first deadly accident in the French capital after mayor Anne Hidalgo announced last week a crackdown on electric scooters.

Twelve scooter startups have flooded the city’s streets with their vehicles over the past year, prompting a spate of injuries and near-misses.

Hidalgo wants to limit electric scooter speeds to 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph) in most areas, and 8 kilometers per hour (5 mph) in areas with heavy foot traffic. She plans to limit the number of operators to three and cap the number of scooters.

Hidalgo said there are so far no accident statistics regarding electric scooters.

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French government: No rush for Renault-Fiat Chrysler merger

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France’s finance minister says Renault and Fiat Chrysler shouldn’t rush into a merger.

Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday on BFM television that the government is keeping up pressure on both carmakers to accept French government conditions for the proposed tie-up. The French state is Renault’s biggest single shareholder, with a 15% stake.

Le Maire said the government wants a seat on the merged company’s board and a joint headquarters in France. “Let’s take the time to do things well,” he said. “We want this merger, but we don’t want it under just any conditions.”

Renault’s board is meeting late Wednesday to discuss Fiat Chrysler’s merger offer. It would create the world’s No. 3 auto company and reshape the industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles for the masses.

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France’s conservative party chief quits after poor election

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The leader of France’s traditional right-wing party The Republicans has resigned following its trouncing in the European Parliament election last month.

Laurent Wauquiez acknowledged that “defeat is lonely” as he quit on national television Sunday evening, a week after his party won less than 10% nationally of France’s vote. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally won the largest share of the votes, followed closely by centrist President Emmanuel Macron’s party.

It’s the latest blow to what was one of the two major political parties in France along with the Socialists, which have both suffered since Macron ran as an outsider to win the French presidency in 2017 over Le Pen.

Goading the demise of the traditional right, National Rally Deputy Gilbert Collard told BFM-TV on Monday: “those who aren’t joining us don’t have the courage of their convictions.”

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French soldiers killed while freeing tourists in West Africa

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Two French soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed two French tourists and two others kidnapped in neighboring Benin.

In a statement Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed condolences for the two soldiers killed in the overnight operation. He promised support to Burkina Faso and Benin in fighting terrorism in the Sahel region. The statement did not indicate who was holding the tourists or the identity of the other two people who were released.

The tourists failed to return from a visit last week to the Pendjari National Park wildlife reserve. Their guide was later found dead.

Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.

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Police say armed kidnapper takes hostages in southern France

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French police say an armed person has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of the southern city of Toulouse.

Authorities were not certain of the hostage-taker’s identity or how many people were being held.

Police special forces were en route to the convenience store in the town of Blagnac, near the Toulouse airport. A security perimeter has been set up and the local France 3 television says the hostage-taker has demanded to speak with a negotiator.

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