Refugee confesses to setting French cathedral on fire

Refugee confesses to setting French cathedral on fire

A Rwandan refugee who volunteered as a warden at France’s 15th-century Nantes cathedral has confessed to setting the blaze a week ago, his lawyer said.

The 39-year-old accused, an asylum seeker from Rwanda who has lived in France for several years, was arrested earlier this month after laboratory analysis determined that arson was the likely cause of the blaze, the local prosecutor’s office said.

“With these confessions, there’s a kind of relief: it’s someone who is scared, who is somehow overwhelmed,” his lawyer, Quentin Chabert, told a news conference on Sunday. “It was important for him, with this cooperation, to show his sincerity.”

“He bitterly regrets his actions. My client is consumed with remorse,” Chabert said.

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