France | In the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, France’s Christian past collides with its turbulent secular present
by Mindy Belz & Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 4/19/19, 10:55 am
The pundits billed the televised speech French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to give at 8 p.m. on April 15 as the most important of his political career. After months of civil unrest and record protests, Macron had called for a “great national debate,” and in the Monday night address voters expected him to announce the way forward, and in so doing either unite or further divide a fractured country.