As Christians around the world mourn with the French while the cathedral of Notre Dame was burning, netizens mostly Muslims were firing insults and mockery.
The spread of online ridicule went unnoticed by mainstream media but the blog FdeSouche was able to capture hate messages which were then deleted by the authors.
The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal denounced the comments as “vain controversies and outrageous remarks”.
One such remark came from American Neocon pope Bill Kristol. In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral blaze, he posted a figurative bomb that the building hints of anti-Semitism.
Moreover, he said that Notre Dame’s religious principles were symbols of “the vanquished synagoga”.
Kristol’s comments stunned French Catholic neoconservative Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry:
“I still can’t stop thinking about this. I’ve been a Bill Kristol fan for many years. Reducing Catholicism (even Medieval Catholicism) to anti-Semitism and scare-quoting ‘philosophy’ in reference to it is ridiculous and ignorant at all times, but on a night like this?”
Kristol’s views were echoed by far left The Jewish Worker who tweeted:
“The front entrance to Notre Dame was adorned with an anti-semitic allusion but no you’re right, I should weep for this devastating loss.”
The National Union of French Students (UNEF) openly made fun of the tragedy that struck Notre Dame. Some heads of UNEF commented that the fire was a condescending “French identity” of “little whites”.
Far-right youth movement, Generation Identity leader Romain Espino showed screenshots of hate messages to show support.
Vice-President of the student union at the University of Lille, Askar tweeted:
“I do not care about Notre-Dame de Paris because I do not care about the history of France.”
Askar presented herself as a “member of the national office of UNEF”, a syndicate on the left:
“People will cry for bits of wood. I swear to Allah you like French identity too much while we don’t give a rat’s ass objectively it’s the madness of little white people.”