"And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.” Matthew 21:19
Though the fig tree represents the state of Israel and the Jews in particular and the blindness and hardness that came upon them after they had rejected Christ, Matthew Henry applies the dire warnings of this parable to our own time, “Let us greatly fear the doom denounced on the barren fig-tree.”
In the sense of the symbolism and warnings of the parable, modern secular France—which has rejected Jesus Christ in favor of autonomy, defiance, rebellion, hedonism and other idols—- though at one time at the glorious epicenter of Christian Europe has for more than three hundred years been gradually self-destructing:
"The results of French secularism are visible. Christianity has been almost completely wiped out from public life. Churches are empty. The number of priests is decreasing and the priests that are active in France are either very old or come from Africa or Latin America. The dominant religion in France is now Islam. Every year, churches are demolished to make way for parking lots or shopping centers. Mosques are being built all over, and they are full. Radical imams proselytize. The murder, three years ago, of Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest who was slaughtered by two Islamists while he was saying mass in a church where only five people (three of them old nuns) were present, is telling.” (The Burning of Notre Dame and the Destruction of Christian Europe, Guy Milliere, Apr. 22, 2019, American Greatness)
With its magnificent yet slowly decaying and emptying cathedrals and churches, and its godless ruling class and impenitent and unbelieving people intent upon committing demographic suicide, modern secular France is the cursed fig tree. Thus in its madness and its darkened, self-destructing state it also represents self-destructing Western Christianity and its coming doom if it doesn’t turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ:
“The symbolism of the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, the most renowned building in Western civilization, the iconic symbol of Western Christendom, is hard to miss.
It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning—and with it, Western civilization..” Dennis Prager