PSG offers support to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

Angelo Anderson
April 18, 2019

On Wednesday, Mr Phillippe said it was unclear how much the ambitious project would cost, but experts have given ballpark estimates in the hundreds of millions of euros.

France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's historic spire to worldwide architects after Monday night's catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.

Macron said Tuesday he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt in five years; tycoons and worldwide firms have promised financial and expert help.

The cathedral forms the centrepiece of the game, which is set during the French Revolution. I am committed to this: "from tomorrow a national subscription will be launched, and far beyond our borders", Macron tweeted.

As Philippe spoke, firefighters were working to stabilize a fire-ravaged pinnacle that houses one of Notre-Dame's 13th-century stained-glass rose windows.

"We expect to see Notre Dame fundraising appeals on social media and crowdfunding sites".

Notre-Dame is not the first French cathedral to suffer a devastating fire. "The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside".

Firefighters acted bravely and as fast as they could to save the cathedral, said senior fire official Philippe Demay, denying that there was any delay in their response.

Criticism already has surfaced in France from those who say the money could be better spent elsewhere, on smaller, struggling churches or on workers.

The newspaper quoted a person close to the investigation as saying it would be "long and difficult" and that "it is possible that we never know what is behind this fire". "Some will be from well-intentioned people who are not directly involved with the cathedral, but some may be from scammers".

"No one is talking about us", said Patrick Lejeune, president of an association that represents about 150 employees.

Pope Francis has told his weekly audience at St. Peter's Square of his sadness over the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Paris archdiocese.

Bustling streets are now "totally closed".

The government's announcement raised the question as to whether Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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