Cigarette, electrical fault ‘may have caused’ Notre-Dame fire Jun 27, 2019 0 361 12345 AFPParisA POORLY stubbed-out cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral in April, French prosecutors said on Wednesday, while ruling out any criminal intent.The statement by prosecutors, which also said an investigation was being opened into possible negligence, was the first official evaluation of the causes of the April 15 fire at the world heritage landmark that shocked France and the world.But well over two months after the fire, it still offered no concrete conclusions over what caused one of the most catastrophic fires involving a cultural monument in the history of Paris.French investigators were examining many hypotheses “including a malfunctioning of the electrical system or a fire which started with a badly stubbed-out cigarette.” But it said there was no evidence to back up any theory of “a criminal origin” to the fire.The statement, signed by chief Paris prosector Remy Heitz, said the preliminary conclusions had been based on 100 interviews with witnesses. But it emphasised that the investigation had still not identified the actual cause of the fire, even if “certain failures” had been laid bare.It was not yet possible to conclude whether an electrical fault or a cigarette is the most likely theory, it added. RELATED ARTICLES Photo of drowned migrant man, daughter fuels criticism of Trump Jun 27, 2019 0 2490 Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies Jun 27, 2019 0 371 Ex-Trump aide Manafort to be arraigned in New York today Jun 27, 2019 0 688 Naked biker, topless sunbathers spark debate in Germany Berlin: German police cautioned a man riding naked on a moped while topless sunbathers sparked a row in Munich, as temperatures were to soar to record highs in several European countries on Wednesday. Police in .. Finland hopes to secure climate pledge Helsinki: Finland will use its turn in the EU presidency to seek a pledge that the bloc will produce net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Wednesday. Several EU countries have signed up .. France demands G20 climate change action AFP Tokyo France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday ahead of the summit. Macron was speaking .. Norway tycoon’s missing wife likely killed AFP Oslo The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman who disappeared nearly eight months ago was probably killed, with the murder made to look like a kidnapping, police said on Wednesday. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, whose ..