“In April,” wrote CTV News, “a spokesman for scaffolding company Le Bras Freres which had been involved in restoration work admitted that workers had smoked on the site from time to time.” Although he says they regret it, he maintains that a cigarette butt could not be the cause of the fire.

I always think of France as a big smoking country, but in actuality, its smoking ban is similar to the one we have in the U.S. As of 2007, smoking and vaping was banned from all indoor public spaces, from government building to offices to public transportation, museums, cafés, and yes, churches.

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