Macron pledges to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

            By Yusuf Ozcan</p>  <p>PARIS (AA) - French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Monday to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after it was seriously damaged by a massive fire.</p>  <p>“The worst was avoided, even if the battle has not been completely won yet, and the next few hours will be difficult,&quot; Macron told reporters after inspecting the scene.</p>  <p> He said a national fundraising campaign would be launched to restore the 850-year-old monument.</p>  <p>Meanwhile, a priest at the cathedral said most of the artworks and treasures have been saved.</p>  <p>The cause of the fire is still unknown. ‏</p>  <p>Turkey joined the rest of the world in expressing dismay over the massive fire which engulfed the historic masterpiece.</p>  <p>&quot;We are following the fire destroying the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris with great sorrow,&quot; Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.</p>  <p>&quot;The destruction of this masterpiece of architecture is a catastrophe for all of humanity,&quot; he added.</p>  <p>&quot;It is with very heavy hearts that we received the devastating news about the fire in Paris, France. The Notre Dame Cathedral is not just a symbol of France but part of humanity’s shared heritage,&quot; Turkey’s presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun tweeted.