Video of Buttigieg offering condolences in French after Notre Dame fire goes viral

A video of Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE offering his condolences in French after Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire went viral on Tuesday.

The clip of the South Bend, Ind., mayor speaking with French news outlet BFMTV in the country’s native language has been viewed nearly 3 million times as of Tuesday morning.

"To the people of France, I would like to say that Notre Dame Cathedral was like a gift to the human race. We share in the pain but we also thank you for this gift to civilization," he said to the channel, according to a Business Insider translation.

Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the U.S., thanked Buttigieg for his remarks and praised his use of French. 

Buttigieg, who formally launched his presidential bid on Sunday, reportedly speaks seven languages in addition to English: French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic, Maltese and Dari.

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He went viral earlier this year when he answered a question from a Norwegian reporter in Norwegian.

A fire broke out in the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, thought to be linked to ongoing renovation efforts at the 12th century cathedral.

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Police said that Notre Dame’s structure and key religious relics had been saved from "total destruction" after authorities originally believed the fire might destroy the entire building.

A number of world leaders spoke out to mourn the extensive damage to the historic building. Former President Obama paid homage to the Parisian landmark by sharing a photo of him visiting the cathedral with his young daughters.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE tweeted that it was “horrible” to see the flames tear through the cathedral and suggested that “flying water tankers” be used to combat the fire. 

"So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris," he wrote. "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"

French officials, however, said that Trump’s suggestion would have caused the historic structure to collapse.