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French President: we will restore Notre Dame Cathedral

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFrance’s President Emmanuel Macron promises to restore Notre Dame Cathedral, which was partially destroyed by a massive fire on Monday, 15 April, BBC reports.

Fire fighters managed to save the main portion of the 850-year-olf building, including two towers. However, the roof of the cathedral and its spire were lost in the fire. Nine hours after the fire had started fire fighters announced the situation was finally under control.

The cause of the fire is unknown. It is possible it is related to renovation work that was being performed on the roof of the cathedral prior to the fire.

Paris Prosecutor’s Office reports that the incident is being investigated as an accident.

One fire fighter was injured in efforts to put out the fire.

French billionaire promises to help

During his inspection of the site, French President Emmanuel Macron said ‘the worst did not come to pass’ as fire fighters had succeeded in saving the main building. The president promised an international charity campaign to restore the cathedral.

Macron praised the efforts of 500 fire fighters.

Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, who owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent brands, has promised to donate EUR 100 million for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral, as reported by AFP news agency.

French charity organization Fondation du Patrimoine has started gathering donations for the cathedral’s restoration.

Many works of art were saved from the fire

The fire broke out in the evening on 15 April and quickly reached the roof, destroying stained glass and wooden interior.

Part of the building was under scaffolding, because renovation work was underway there. 16 copper sculptures were moved from the cathedral last week. Renovation commenced after cracks were spotted in the stone of the building. There were concerns the cathedral could become unsafe.

Many culturally historic items and works of art were saved from the fire.

«We had a solidarity chain, especially when we needed to save works of art. We managed to save and deliver them to safety,» said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. «This is a tragedy for the entire world. Notre Dame Cathedral represents the entire history of Paris.»

Thousands of people gathered on streets around the cathedral, watching the fire in silence. Many cried, while others sang and prayed.

World leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump have offered their condolences about the tragedy.


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