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Macron: New cathedral to be ‘more beautiful’ following Notre-Dame fire

Paris, Apr 17 (GCCurrentAffairs) French President Emmanuel Macron said Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully” and he wanted the work to be done within five years.

“We’ll rebuild Notre-Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it,” said Mr Macron, who had already pledged to launch an international fundraising scheme for the reconstruction.

On Tuesday evening, President Macron suggested that he wanted the cathedral to be rebuilt by the time Paris hosts the Summer Olympics in 2024, BBC reported.

A massive fire on Monday ravaged the 850-year-old Gothic building, destroying much of its roof and causing its steeple to collapse.

The cathedral was minutes away from total destruction, officials say.

But despite Mr Macron’s pledge experts say its reconstruction could take decades.

Fifty people will investigate the cause of the fire. Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz said there was no obvious indication of arson and that the blaze was being treated as an accident.

A combined €800m ($902m; £692m) has already been pledged by a number of companies and business tycoons to help rebuild the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Via UNI-India

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