A volunteer arrested in Nantes Cathedral after a fire

A volunteer arrested in Nantes Cathedral after a fire
The Rwandan refugee was responsible for the closure the day before the fire that destroyed the stained-glass windows and the big member inside.

The man's lawyer said that "there is nothing to link" to the fire.

Prosecutors have said they want to remove the contradictions and that it would be "too early" to think that it has a role.

"We must remain careful to explain this arrest to the police. It is a normal procedure," said Prosecutor Peres Senes. The volunteer was not named.

Mr Sennès said he believed the fire had been burned. Three fires started at the site and an investigation is underway.

"There is nothing at this point linking my clients to fire," said Quentin Chabert, refugee attorney, and that the investigation should continue "while respecting everyone's rights, especially my clients' rights."

Jean-Charles Nowak, a cathedral writer, told the French newspaper Le Figaro that the volunteer was a "duty man" with health problems and "suffered a lot in Rwanda" - a country he left several years ago. He said the refugee was discussing extending his visa with local officials.

"I don't think for a second that he could have lit the cathedral," Nowak said. "It's a place he loves."

About 100 firefighters stopped the fire and destroyed the main building in the cathedral on Saturday. French Prime Minister Jean Castex praised their "professionalism, courage and self-control".

The fire came more than a year after a fire broke out that destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his famous tower would be rebuilt exactly as it was, ending speculation that it would be changed to a more modern style.

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