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Precious relics saved from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Photo: Anne Hildago/Twitter

French authorities formed a human chain to save some of Notre Dame's most precious relics as flames engulfed the cathedral, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Monday night.

The crown of thorns, the tunic of Saint Louis and many other major works are now in a safe place."

Why it matters: The relics that were saved are priceless. The tunic of Saint Louis dates back to the 13th century. The the crown of thorns was brought to Paris in the 13th century by French King Louis IX (St. Louis). Christians believe the crown was placed on Jesus Christ's head at crucifixion, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Details: Father Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Firefighters, is credited with saving some of the Cathedral's most precious relics.

Go deeper: Notre Dame fire: See inside after the terrible blaze

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.